Donald Trump Caused People to Look Up ‘Bigly’ and ‘Hombre’ During the Presidential Debate

Oct 20, 2016

Dictionary searches for "hombre" and "bigly" spiked during Wednesday's presidential debate, thanks to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Debate viewers were left wondering about the meaning of both words, according to data collected by

Trump mentioned "bad hombres" when discussing his plans to secure the Mexican border. "We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out," he said, sparking backlash over his use of the Spanish word for "man."

As has often been the case, searches for "bigly" and "big league" also spiked. "Bigly"—which is, in fact, a word—was technically never mentioned during the debate. But Trump's frequent use of the phrase "big league" is often mistaken for "bigly."

Trump used the phrase Wednesday when discussing plans to deport illegal immigrants.

"We have millions of people that did it the right way. They’re on line. They’re waiting. We’re going to speed up the process, big league, because it’s very inefficient," Trump said. "But they’re on line and they’re waiting to become citizens."

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