The most powerful man in the world is flummoxed by basic grammar.
Practically every week, there’s a minor hullabaloo over President Trump’s shaky grasp of the English language, from his head-scratching grammatical tics to his painfully obvious misspellings. The errors have become so much of a trademark that his staffers reportedly make them on purpose to imitate his style.
Why all the misspellings? Some seem to be made in genuine error, with Trump’s Twitter account deleting and reissuing tweets within a span of several minutes. Others linger long past a reasonable correction window, like neon signs proudly declaring the president’s anti-elitist adherence to his own set of language rules. “Some [White House] staff members even relish the scoldings Trump gets from elites shocked by the Trumpian language they strive to imitate, believing that debates over presidential typos fortify the belief within his base that he has the common touch,” The Boston Globe floated.
Others have blasted any and all speculation about Trump’s misspellings, with The Washington Examiner insisting “sometimes a typo is just a typo.” True! But other times, where there is smock, there’s fire. Here’s an index of Trump’s misspellings, and what they all mean.
The common mistakes
….children from parents, as did Bush etc., because that is the policy and law. I tried to keep them together but the problem is, when you do that, vast numbers of additional people storm the Border. So with Obama seperation is fine, but with Trump it’s not. Fake 60 Minutes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2018
President Trump often tweets misspellings that are considered to be frequent mistakes for English speakers. These are typically phonic misspellings, like using an “e” in “separation” rather than an “a,” or spelling “honor” with the wrong vowel. These sorts of mistakes aren’t a reliable indicator of intelligence, as much as Trump’s critics might make them out to be: “[I]f you spell well, you can still do lots of dumb things, and if you spell poorly, you can still be very smart,” The New York Times wisely intones. While there is a case to be made that someone should be proofreading the president’s tweets before they are fired off to the world, Trump’s “common man” spelling errors frequently go uncorrected, suggesting that the White House might even be using this sort of language to come …read more