[Ads-l] "bigly"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 15:10:43 EST 2017

Strange to say, I've heard several talking heads lately offhandedly report
the word as "bigly" even now.

Can't a Tweet straighten this out?


On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 3:57 PM, Brian Hitchcock <brianhi at skechers.com>

> 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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>  http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=24240
> 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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