These Dictionary Words Were Popularized by U.S. Presidents
When the president speaks, all eyes and ears are on them — so it makes sense that their favorite phrases stick with the general audience. And you probably don’t even realize some everyday words and phrases were made popular thanks to U.S. leaders. In fact, due to the presidents status’, they’ve been key in influencing our language over the years.
Take a look at these dictionary words U.S. presidents absolutely loved, including the one Donald Trump frequently adds to his speeches (No. 10.).
President: Abraham Lincoln
Merriam-Webster notes originally, the word “sugarcoat” meant literally putting sugar on bitter pills to help them go down easier. But in a message to Congress written in 1861, Abraham Lincoln used the term to mean “to make superficially attractive,” which is how it’s known today.
His message was condemning secessionists who said they had a right to secede thanks to what the Constitution said. It stated, “With rebellion thus sugar-coated, they have been drugging the public mind of their own section for more than thirty years ….” And while his usage of the word was originally faced with opposition, Lincoln wanted it to stand.
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