Did you hear it?The adverbial form of "big?"
During Monday night's debate, Donald Trump said that Hillary Clinton would raise taxes "bigly," right?
It's a word that Trump has apparently used before and fans of proper grammar are going slightly berzerk.
He seriously said BIGLY. my kids laughed at that. Alex: "BIGLY isn't a word, but it rhymes with Wrigley. Let's watch the Cubs instead."— Kyle Engelhardt (@KyleEngelhardt) September 27, 2016
purposely, cousin of bigly, not to be confused with purposefully— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) September 27, 2016
Holt: "This is Clinton's time to speak."— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) September 27, 2016
Trump: "Shut-up, Lester! Donald Trump is more bigly than rules! Period!"#DebateNight
"For a grandiose figure who demonstrates, at least in public, a limited, essentials-only vocabulary, it would make sense that this wordlike entity appeals to him,"Slate's Jim Newell wrote. "Big is your simplest adjective for something that is, well, big—in scope or size. And what to do if you need to express this in adverb form, as our loquacious entertainer frequently does? Append a -ly to the end of that sucker, per the elementary school heuristic. Bigly."
But, could he be saying "big league?"
According to aCNN transcriptof Trump at theMilwaukee Republican Presidential Town Hall, Trump said:"I wouldn't have Mexico laughing at us how stupid we are with trade deals, and at the border.I wouldn't let Japan get away what they're doing with, you know, devaluation of the yen.China big league devaluation."
"It’sbig league,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Slate, "It's big league."
You be the judge.