Words people looked up during the debate: braggadocious, temperament, stamina

Posted: 7:45 AM, Sep 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-27 07:45:28-04

As presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs, viewers headed to the dictionary to look up some of the head-scratching words they used during the debate.

Here are several key words that spiked in searches on Merriam-Webster’s site Monday night.

‘She doesn’t have the stamina’

Stamina means “great physical or mental strength that allows you to continue doing something for a long time,” according to Merriam-Webster.

Trump repeated this word five times during the debate to reiterate his view that Clinton doesn’t have what it takes to be president.

Trump said: “She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.”

“Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton fired back.

‘I have a winning temperament’

Temperament means the usual attitude, mood, or behavior of a person.

Searches for this term increased 78 times over Merriam-Webster’s hourly average. Trump used the word five times during the debate, saying that he had “a winning temperament.”

Clinton countered that Trump did not have “the right temperament to be commander-in- chief.”

‘Not in a braggadocious way’

Trump used the term “braggadocious” — a word that actually does not exist.

The businessman was likely trying for “braggadocio,” a noun that means “the annoying or exaggerated talk of someone who is trying to sound very proud or brave.” The plural form is braggadocios.

“I have a great company,” Trump said. “I have a tremendous income. And the reason I say that is not in a braggadocious way. It’s because it’s about time that this country had somebody running it that has an idea about money.”

‘Trumped-up trickle-down’

Merriam-Webster defines “trumped-up” as an adjective that means deliberately done or created to make someone appear to be guilty of a crime.

Clinton used this word twice during the debate to question Trump’s economic plan and to play on the candidate’s name.

“I call it trumped-up trickle-down, because that’s exactly what it would be,” Clinton said. “That is not how we grow the economy.”

This term spiked during the debate, but did not stay trending.

‘Cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons’

Cavalier means having or showing no concern for something that is important or serious. Both candidates used this adjective to characterize each other’s foreign policy chops.

“His cavalier attitude about nuclear weapons is so deeply troubling,” Clinton said.

The word stayed as the top 1 percent of look-ups on Merriam-Webster..

Trump struck back on Clinton’s foreign policy record, saying, “She’s very cavalier in the way she talks about various countries.”