Leif Kendall

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Blog posts for the OxfordWords Blog from the Oxford University Press.


Politics provides fertile ground for the emergence of neologisms, and the appropriation of old words for new purposes. And while he’s only a few months into his four-year term, the presidency of Donald J Trump has already produced an eclectic bundle of language – and a great deal of controversy. So let’s explore some of the words that have emerged during the first months of his presidential career.


The Trump presidency has intensified the war of words between those people who voted for the billionaire businessman and those who oppose his policies. One term that is often lobbed at liberals, particularly online, is snowflake, used as an accusation of fragility and over-sensitivity…

Read Snowflakes and alternative facts: language of the Trump presidency