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October 19, 2016 08:26 PM

While the candidates were talking about Syria, the Supreme Court and the economy, Americans at home were hoping (one of) the candidates would answer an even more pressing question.

When Donald Trump says that word (you know the one), is he saying “bigly?” Or is he saying “big league?”

By the middle of the debate, the word “bigly” had shot to the top of Google’s trending terms list. And there was plenty of talk about the pronunciation on Twitter.


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Contrary to what many Twitter users may believe, “bigly” is in fact a word. It means “with great force.”

However, Trump isn’t spicing up his vocabulary: A Trump campaign source messaged PEOPLE during the debate to clarify that the Republican presidential nominee is, in fact, pronouncing “big league.”

But now that we know that “bigly” is a real word, maybe Trump will officially add it to his vocabulary. Clearly, it gets people talking.

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