Ivanka Trump doesn't know what 'complicit' means; Merriam-Webster delicately trolls her

Now taking on an official unpaid role in the administration, Ivanka Trump has come under increased scrutiny. So far she has focused on policies relating to women and workforce development, but she has drawn criticism for avoiding public comment on her father's travel ban, border wall, proposed budget cuts or rollback of environmental regulations. Ivanka, a 35-year-old mother of three, previously held executive roles at the Trump Organisation and ran her self-named lifestyle brand, which offers clothing and jewellery. She relinquished those positions to come to Washington, although she retains ownership of her brand.

That view was captured in a Saturday Night Live send-up that featured her in an advertisement for a perfume called "Complicit".

But in an interview Tuesday with CBS News, Ivanka argued, "I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence."

She added, "If being complicit ... is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I'm complicit."

CBS released excerpts of the interview Tuesday night. The full interview is set to air Wednesday on CBS This Morning.

Responding to this, Merriam-Webster's twitter handle sent out a subtle dig at Ivanka's lack of knowledge of the word complicit but tagging a link to the dictionary definition.


This is not the first time that the dictionary's twitter handle has thrown shade at the Trump administration. When Jared Kushner was appointed in a senior role in the Trump administration, Merriam-Webster put out a story titled: "Jared Kushner's Appointment Caused a Spike in Searches for 'Nepotism'". The website also clarified what dossier meant, after news reports of Trump's alleged links to Russia were coming out.

The tweet links to story about Trump's alleged ties to Russia and how the news had caused a spike in the search for the word dossier.

In February, when Kellyanne Conway said that she wasn't a feminist in the "classic sense", Merriam Webster intervened again with a tweet:


In another instance, when Conway had used the term, 'alternative facts' while defending Trump's statements about the crowd at his inauguration, Merriam-Webster tweeted:

During the lead up to the 2016 US Election, just after Donald Trump had used the infamous 'bad hombres', the dictionary's twitter handle put up this tweet:

Merriam-Webster has been indulging in this unique politically laced trolling of the Trump administration and has gathered quite an applause on social media. Remember when Trump tweeted the wrong spelling of unprecedented as 'unpresidented' and quickly deleted it? Merriam-Webster's Twitter account didn't let him go easy:

Notice the link in the tweet is to the word: "Huh?"

With inputs from AP


Published Date: Apr 06, 2017 10:48 am | Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 10:48 am



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