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Leith on language: the Trump idiolect

The building blocks of Trump-speak are not nouns and verbs

By Sam Leith   January 2017

The President-Elect ©Michael Vadon, Wikimedia Commons

I thought I would make a start on evaluating President-Elect Donald Trump’s use of the English language, for those who hold faith that the soon-to-be most powerful man on Earth knows what he’s talking about.

The following glossary must be seen only as preliminary notes on the Trump idiolect. For instance, there is a debate over whether he says “bigly” or “big league”—the NYU phonetician Tara McAllister Byun has inclined to the latter, arguing that the…

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