Before the 2016 match up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Tic Tacs were just breath mints and "Nasty" was a catchy Janet Jackson song.
Before the 2016 presidential election, Tic Tacs were just breath mints and “Nasty” was a catchy Janet Jackson song. This election will be remembered for many things, including how it redefined many words and phrases:
Tic Tac: The minty breath refresher Tic Tac got an unexpected — and unwanted — endorsement in the now infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” video where Donald Trump said, “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her.”
Skittles: Another beloved candy that has unfortunately been roped into this campaign. Donald Trump Jr. compared the Syrian refugee issue to a bowl of Skittles. “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” he tweeted. Taste the rainbow will never be the same.
Locker-room talk: Apparently, locker-room talk does not need to take place in a locker-room anymore. The phrase (aka “boy talk“) refers to the supposed (lewd) way men talk in locker rooms. Trump dismissed his conversation about groping women as “locker room talk.” Athletes were quick to say, though, that was not the kind of talk that goes on in their locker rooms.
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Emails: Emails. Emails. Emails. Are you with Bernie Sanders, and sick of hearing about “damn” emails? Not too long ago “email” made you think of a simple, private online exchange. Now, what comes to mind are FBI investigations and endless Wikileaks. And forget about private.
Big league: Big league refers to major league baseball, the upper echelon. Bigly, an adverb, according to Merriam-Webster, means “in a large fashion, with great scope or with bluster.” Whether Trump repeatedly said “big league” or “bigly” when referring to Iran, Obamacare and illegal immigration is one of the big mysteries of this election. Now we’re talking about it bigly (which we didn’t even know was a word).
Deplorable: Meaning “deserving strong condemnation or shockingly bad quality,” deplorable is also how Hillary Clinton described half of all Trump supporters. Trump supporters embraced the term by creating merchandise and proudly renaming themselves on Twitter.
Nasty: Trumpians aren’t the only ones who’ve flipped an insult. Trump described Clinton as “such a nasty woman” during the final debate. Since then, “nasty woman” has become a rallying cry — and a big merchandise hit — among Clinton supporters.
Sad: Three little letters can say so many things, especially on Twitter, where you’re limited to 140 characters. Some things that make Trump sad are: the lack of media footage of his crowds at rallies, the Republican Party and The New York Times, among many, many other things.
Wrong: Why wait for the fact checkers? Trump did on-the-spot checking during the debates by interjecting “wrong” after many of Clinton’s statements. Right or wrong, it made a lasting impression.
Small hands: In 1988, Vanity Fair wrote that Trump had small hands. Marco Rubio used this put-down (“And you know what they say about men with small hands … you can’t trust them”), which Trump denied in the way only Trump can. Americans Against Insecure Billionaires With Tiny Hands PAC (yes, it really exists) is demanding Trump release the measurements of his hands, and others have released many good hand puns that deserve a high five.
The Wall: It’s no longer just the name of the popular Pink Floyd album. Trump promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out Mexican immigrants. The proposal has caused extreme reactions from both sides, only building more of a wall between Trump and Clinton supporters.
‘Little Marco’/ ‘Crooked Hillary’/ ‘Lyin’ Ted’: Some of Trump’s most entertaining contributions to this election are the discourteous nicknames he assigns his opponents. Other Trump originals include “Crazy Bernie,” “Low Energy Jeb” and “1 for 38 Kasich.“
Taco trucks: This is the election where tacos became a threat. One Trump surrogate warned there would be “taco trucks on every corner” if Clinton were elected. To some, this sounded like a delicious proposition.