At the recent presidential debate, it seemed as if Republican nominee Donald Trump said “bigly” when he responded to his rival:
“I’m going to cut taxes bigly and you’re going to raise taxes bigly. End of story.”
Some people (like those brainiacs at Merriam-Webster) insist that what Mr. Trump really said was “big league.” But I’m not so sure. . . .
Slate made a video compilation of “bigly/big league” instances from the campaign trail.
And here’s another episode caught on video:
What do you think he says?
Okay, let’s assume he did say “bigly.” Is that even a word?
Yes. “Bigly” is a word. It’s the adverbial form of “big.” It’s like “large” and “largely” and “huge” and “hugely.” (Whoops. I mean “yuuuuge.”) So why is it that we giggle at the thought of him saying “bigly”? Perhaps it’s because we’re not as used to hearing “bigly” as we are its cohorts. That’s my guess anyway.
Still, even though it is technically correct, I wouldn’t recommend using it at your next quarterly sales report presentation, unless you want people staring bigly at you.