Republican Nominee Donald Trump is known for saying some unusual words. The final Presidential debate on Wedsnday was no different.

Depending on what you heard, Trump either said “bigly” or “big league.” Many had to wonder is bigly even a word? Surprisingly..yes it is.


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As the two presidential candidates traded barbs back and forth as they have done throughout their debates, Mr.Trump used the adverb as he talked about President Barack Obama’s immigration record.


Trump argued that President Obama, who is often criticised as the “deporter-in-chief” by immigrant rights activists, does, in fact, deport millions of people. Trump said, “Under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country.” He added. “She doesn’t want to say that, but that’s what’s happened, bigly.”


The word bigly has created curiosity throughout the populace and when someone wants to know anything, where do they go? Google, of course. It was searched so much that the term spiked in google searches Wedsnday evening.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary lists “bigly” as an adverb variation of the word “big” – which means “of great force”, “large”, and “of great importance”.


But did Mr.Trump mean to use that word? Or was it by accident? Linguist, Kory Stamper chimed into the hotly contested word saying, “What’s fascinating is that everyone assumes it’s not a word,” then added, “but it is.”

Ms. Stamper explained that the word originally originated around the 1400 and lasted through the 20th century then it fell out of common use.


She said, “I think Donald Trump meant to say big league.” She continued “He’s used this construction for the past year but it’s hard to understand because he swallows the final ‘G’ in league. …”

“So, when he says something like, ‘I’m going to cut taxes big league’ – or ‘bigly’, I guess – what he means is, ‘I’m going to cut taxes to a huge, excessive extent.”


Mr.Trump’s son Eric cleared up the confusion,  after the presidential debate, claiming that his father had actually said “big league,” and not “bigly.”