ho knew dictionaries would become the very definition of "cool" in 2017? Merriam-Webster long ago solidified its stance as the socially progressive, passive-aggressive hero of the word-based resistance, and now Dictionary.com has joined the ranks with its truly incredible selection for its Word of the Year.
Let's be honest, dictionaries were always the best. It's just now, when words are mattering simultaneously more and less than ever, that everyone is beginning to realize just how significant (and badass) dictionaries are.
We all know that Ivanka Trump has struggled with her words.
And it’s not surprising considering who her father is. While Donald Trump has claimed to have “the best words,” he most certainly does not. And neither does his eldest daughter.
In fact, Ivanka Trump has such trouble with the English language that writer Eve Peyser wrote a whole Twitter thread on the subject.
No joke, Peyser found examples of eight — EIGHT — common words that Ivanka misused in public. Sure, the occasional slip-up is understandable, but when you’re that bad at speaking, there’s a larger problem at hand.
She doesn't know the meaning of the word "birthday," to start.
Come on, people. This is egregious. But “birthday” isn’t the only word Ivanka misused. Other words she used incorrectly include “relative,” “albeit,” “otherwise,” “juxtaposition,” “overlay,” “competition,” and, of course, everyone’s personal favorite, “complicit.”
Ah, good ol' "complicit."
If you’ll recall, in an interview with CBS News’ Gayle King, Ivanka seemingly did not understand the meaning of the word, saying, “If being complicit is wanting to, wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact then I’m complicit.”
But that’s not what the word means. Like, at all.
Ivanka became almost synonymous with the word "complicit" after that — she even inspired one of Saturday Night Live's best sketches of the year.
In the parody commercial, Ivanka is the face of a new perfume called “Complicit.”
At this point, it’s true — Ivanka = complicit.
And our beloved dictionaries weren’t about to stay out of that conversation…