[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.


Likewise "win small", although to a lesser degree. "Win bare" is waning; "Win medium" apparently quite rare.

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. 

On Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

"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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