Trump tweets anger at China, creates new word
story: China takes a drone, and an angry president-elect uses a new linguistic term to describe the country’s deed.
Donald Trump is known for his early morning tweeting.
It’s as if the mornings allow him to set the day’s agenda for America and create a distraction from other things that might be occurring. Headfake News, as I like to call it.
On Saturday morning, the president-elect had world affairs on his mind, and he wasn’t happy.
“China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters – rips it out of water and takes it to China in unpresidented (sic) act,” he wrote in a tweet that (surprise) has since been deleted.
He was referring to the seizure of a US Navy underwater drone by China in international South China Sea waters.
One can understand any American leader being upset with such an act, even if one can’t necessarily appreciate Twitter as the vehicle for that anger. (China has now promised to return the drone.)
It’s the creation of the new word “presidented” that fascinates me, as it did many on Twitter.
“Your autocorrect had a Freudian slip,” tweeted a tweeter by the name of Joel.
An author named Emma Kennedy made it clearer: “You spell it ‘unprecedented’ You’re welcome.”
Even dictionary Merriam-Webster sniffed a little: “Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one.” It added the definition of “huh” to its tweet.
Yet there’s something so very beautiful about the word “unpresidented.” Let’s define “presidented” as an act that’s directly caused by a president.
Trump isn’t quite president yet, but wouldn’t it be beautiful if he’d created a new word in order to say: “It’s not the president’s fault”? (thinking of himself as already the president, of course).
I wonder because some on Twitter believe the Chinese act to be, well, presidented.
“Is it possible, @RealDonaldTrump, that China has been emboldened by your brazen disregard for international diplomacy rules? Just maybe :)” offered Twitter user David G. McAfee.
He was surely referring to Trump speaking with the Taiwanese president on the phone, an act that riled China.
Trump also has been wondering why America should be bound by a “one China” policy (China considers Taiwan part of China). This led to China’s Global Times saying, “In the field of diplomacy, he is as ignorant as a child.”
Within a couple of hours Trump had deleted his unpresidented tweet and replaced it with one that enjoyed the correct spelling.
I, though, prefer to focus on what is presidented and what is not. Can jobs be presidented? Can people’s happiness be presidented? Can war be presidented by a leader’s tweet?
And can, as several Hollywood stars are desperate for the Electoral College to effect, a president-elect be un-presidented?