Trump's Biggest Problem Isn't the Media – It's Homophones

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President Donald Trump typically takes to Twitter to broadcast the internal workings of his thoughts to the ladies, males, and youngsters of Planet Earth. And typically what he varieties is not fairly what he intends . . . so regardless of being the chief of the free world, he deletes the tweet and tries once more.

However the longer Trump is within the White Home and the extra strain that’s positioned on the previous actual property developer and actuality TV host, the extra these flubs appear to be occurring. A lot in order that it is beginning to really feel an terrible lot like the actual thorn in Trump’s aspect is not the media or the a lot-decried leaks in his revolving-door White Home — it is the grammar faculty-degree idea of the homophone. Outlined by Merriam-Webster as “one among two or extra phrases pronounced alike however totally different in which means or derivation or spelling (such because the phrases to, too, and two),” homophones additionally occur to be the one factor that may by no means, ever be caught by a normal spellcheck program. As a number of spellings are right, it wholly falls on the writer of a sentence to make sure that the right spelling is employed . . . and for Trump, that appears to be a bit an excessive amount of of an ask.

Whereas a mistake of this type can completely be chalked as much as human nature when it occurs a few occasions, it is an alarming indication of a person’s psychological state when it occurs on a close to-weekly foundation. And it isn’t simply homophones, both, or phrases like “covfefe” or “tapp.” It runs over to a “that is the way it sounds, in order that have to be the way it’s spelled” mindset, one which’s solely based mostly on appearing on impulse, which is frankly inexplicable for somebody who has prepared entry to the nuclear codes. Probably the most Pavlovian a part of the entire thing, although, is the truth that we’re speaking about somebody who got here from a public-dealing with life and has been beneath scrutiny for years. And but, in all that point, he has by no means discovered to revise his personal ideas earlier than phrase-vomiting into the web.

It is also very telling of a deeper, darker insecurity that drives the president to behave in such impetuous methods. And whereas the Goldwater Rule bars us from having somebody with skilled psychoanalytical talents weigh in, these erratic outbursts that are not stored in verify by a self-modifying id are sufficient to make the typical particular person marvel if an impulsive ego can override the boundaries of the principles our Founding Fathers put forth.

Because it stands, although, there is not a lot recourse for sending a typo-ridden tweet. The president’s conduct warrants shut consideration, however for now the one factor we will do is level on the tweets and snort on the strongest man on the planet being baffled by homophones. And whereas Trump might have eliminated a variety of the proof of his aversion to self-modifying, the web is wealthy with screenshots and evaluation that may be sure that gone won’t ever be forgotten. Behold a few of our president’s biggest (spelling) hits.

HEEL VS. HEAL

BARRACK VS. BARACK

HEAR BY VS. HEARBY VS. HEREBY

DUMMER VS. DUMBER

PAYED VS. PAID

THEIR VS. THERE, TO VS. TOO

UNPRESIDENTED VS. UNPRECEDENTED

COUNCIL VS. COUNSEL

LOOSE VS. LOSE

HONERED VS. HONORED

THERE VS. THEIR, WAIST VS. WASTE

JUDGEMENT VS. JUDGMENT

LEIGHTWEIGHT CHOCKER VS. LIGHTWEIGHT CHOKER