"Fascism" and "Bigot" Lead Merriam-Webster Searches on Election Night
Merriam-Webster released the top five searches of the evening.
Merriam-Webster tweeted the top five online searches on Election Night, leading with "fascism."
In order of searches: "fascism," "bigot," "nerve-racking," "socialism" and "deplorable" were all the top words looked up on Tuesday night as the election started to swing toward a Donald Trump victory.
Top 5 lookups right now, in order: fascism, bigot, nerve-racking, socialism, deplorable #ElectionNight— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 9, 2016
During the first presidential debate, searches for the word "temperament" spiked after Trump used the word to compliment himself. People searched for "hombre" and "ombre" when Trump said "bad hombres" in the third debate.
"We're seeing a spike for both 'ombre' and 'hombre'. Not the same thing," tweeted the company.
Earlier this week, the Merriam-Webster Twitter account joked that it didn't know what a "mazel tov cocktail" was when a Trump surrogate mistakenly used the term instead of "Molotov cocktail."
It also changed the background of its Twitter account to the word "Gotterdammerung," meaning "a collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence or disorder."
We've updated our Twitter header in honor of the election. pic.twitter.com/mOFT8sUlVD— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 7, 2016