On 22 January, when presidential pollster Kellyanne Conway used the term “alternative facts” to define inaccurate statements made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Miriam-Webster shared these two sass filled tweets.
The tweets linked back to articles of the dictionary’s website:
📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c
The brain behind the social media account Lauren Naturale told Voxhow it comes to choose some words.
The 'fact' tweet was part of our Trend Watch feature, which we've been running since 2010.
When a lot of people are looking up a word at a rate higher than usual, in a way that's related to an event, we share that trend and try to add some additional information on the word's meaning and how it was used.
She went on to explain.
We also offer commentary on words in a way that’s relevant to what’s actually going on in people’s lives.
So a lot of what we post is determined by what words are in the news and what’s being looked up on a specific day.