Mr. President, A Vocabulary Lesson

Dear Mr. President,

I think you need a quick refresher on the meaning of words as you don’t seem to know the definitions or how to use words in context during your political speeches couched as COVID-19 briefings.

Please take note and I’ll try to be as simple as possible.

Definition: Behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way, e.g. “Calling a reporter names for asking delving questions is nasty,” or “A President telling a governor money will be withheld for asking voters if they would like a paper ballot to vote is nasty behavior.”

Definition: A falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth, e.g., “When a President calls a lawful investigation a hoax, that is the hoax.”

Definition: A substance that contains chemicals that kill bacteria and is used especially for cleaning surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens, not for human consumption in any way, e.g., “I use disinfectant to wipe my kitchen counters to protect against salmonella, a bacteria that affects the intestine.”

Definition: Not true or real, e.g., “When a President states 15 cases of COVID-19 will be close to zero in couple of days demonstrates fake news.”

Definition: Shockingly unacceptable, e.g., “It is disgraceful when a President expresses no sympathy towards families who have lost loved ones to Coronavirus,” or, “When a President decides to end National Guard deployment one day prior to being eligible for Tricare benefits, it is both disgraceful and shameful.”

Definition: Innately offensive or repulsive; inspiring disgust or loathing, e.g., “The President is a horrid man for calling women names and treating them with disrespect.”

Definition: Money or favor given or promised in order to influence the judgment or conduct of a person in a position of trust, e.g., “When a President says to a foreign diplomat, “I would like you to do us a favor,” in order to receive foreign aid is a bribe, and a crime.”

Definition: Offensively impolite or ill-mannered, e.g., “The President was rude in cutting of the reporter when asking a very relevant question about current unemployment numbers.”

I hope this little vocabulary lesson helps you in using these words correctly in your speeches and daily communications.

Please don’t hesitate to ask Secretary DeVos for additional help. As the lead educator of the country, I’m sure she’d make time for you to provide additional vocabulary lessons.

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