WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. presidential election has redefined the use of certain phrases in American culture.
There have been unorthodox slogans, phrases and more than enough insults.
Donald Trump’s distinctive use of language during the election campaign has left many commonly used words and phrases forever changed. His particular brand of insults are now unforgettable. The label “lightweight” handed out widely.
Trump said during his campaigning, “This lightweight, you know John Harwood this lightweight, this guy who came out he was shaking he was so nervous.” “I watched lightweight Marco Rubio.” “The attorney general of New York, who’s a total lightweight”
One of Trump’s favorites, a simple “bad.”
“We have some bad hombres here. And we are going to get them out,” said trump during a debate.
Dished out across his twitter account, other insults Trump tailored for specific rivals. Early in the campaign he levelled a seemingly mild jibe at fellow republican candidate Jeb Bush, saying, “I think Jeb is a nice person. He’s very low energy. I’m not used to that kind of a person.” “So low energy that every time you watch him you fall asleep.” “Low energy folks, low energy.”
However, the label stuck, “I defined him. I gave him this term, ‘Low energy.’ I said he’s a low energy individual. We do not need in this country low energy. Do you agree with that? We need high energy.”
Bush ending up dropping out early in the primary season.
Trump’s nickname for his main rival “crooked Hillary” became part of common language amongst his fans.
Some of Trump’s insults, however, seemed to backfire.
“The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” said Trump.
Clinton jumped to spin this one in her favor, “If fighting for women’s healthcare is playing the woman’s card… then deal me in!”
Her campaign even sending out actual woman cards to donors and Trump’s now infamous “nasty woman” comment ended up on t-shirts worn by the likes of Katy Perry, a big Clinton supporter.
There was one word that cut across the political divide this election season. Both Trump and democratic candidate Bernie Sanders sharing a strong New York accent and unique way of pronouncing the word “huge”.
“You know you have a yuge problem with wastewater,” said Trump.
“Yuuuge voter turnouts,” said Sander.
A word that encapsulates both the characters and the magnitude of the 2016 election.