[Ads-l] "bigly"

Brian Hitchcock brianhi at SKECHERS.COM
Thu May 5 15:57:25 UTC 2016


Perhaps someone informed DT that  "big" is an adjective, and shouldn't be used that way--so he made it an adverb.  
It strikes me funnily, though. 

"Win big" and "Win big-time" seem to be gaining currency recently.
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+big&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%20big%3B%2Cc0

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+big-time&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%20big%20-%20time%3B%2Cc0

Likewise "win small", although to a lesser degree. "Win bare" is waning; "Win medium" apparently quite rare.
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=win+medium%2Cwin+small%2Cwin+bare&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cwin%20small%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cwin%20bare%3B%2Cc0

Of course, "win small" and "win bare" could be adjectival if followed by a noun, or "but".  However, I couldn't find any instances of these phrasings. 
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On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

"We're gonna win bigly", promises Donald Trump in his victory speech. Apparently he's been promising this for quite a while on quite a number of occasions.  QOTY candidate?  WOTY candidate?
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