WATCH: 'Singing' donkey hits the high notes as she tunefully serenades passerby

WATCH: ‘Singing’ donkey hits the high notes as she tunefully serenades passerby

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Armed with ‘truth,’ dictionaries school Donald Trump: Here’s what’s behind their strategy

President Donald Trump ’s prolific social media posts, which are often ridden with random punctuation marks, capitalizations and typos, have not only gone viral in the digital space, but have prompted corrections and clarifications from the definer of words and the decoder of meaning itself — the dictionary. Interested in Donald Trump? Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Donald Trump Add Interest “There is a longing for truth and sometimes the truth is complicated and nuanced and that’s okay, but I think that really, what people are looking for is for someone with legitimacy like the dictionary to be able to succinctly and clearly express truth,” Lauren Sliter, senior manager of marketing and content strategy at, told ABC News.
Sadly, it looks like Mexico’s Police and Military are unable to stop the Caravan heading to the Southern Border of the United States. Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in. I have alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy. Must change laws!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2018
Most recently, the president appeared to misspell “emergency” in a Monday morning tweet, where he lamented that Mexican police were unable to stop a caravan of migrants headed towards the U.S. southern border and wrote that it’s “a National Emergy . Must change laws!”
Currently ?? in searches on : Energy and Emerge.
— (@Dictionarycom) October 22, 2018
Following Trump’s latest typo, noted that searches for “energy” and “emerge” — words that resemble “Emergy” — skyrocketed.
After having written many best selling books, and somewhat priding myself on my ability to write, it should be noted that the Fake News constantly likes to pore over my tweets looking for a mistake. I capitalize certain words only for emphasis, not b/c they should be capitalized!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
In an attempt to defend his writing skills in July, Trump made another mistake, tweeting that despite “having written many best selling books, and somewhat priding myself on my ability to write,” the media, which he called “the Fake News,” “constantly likes to pour over my tweets looking for a mistake.”
After many, including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, noted that Trump wrote “pour” instead of “pore,” he deleted his original tweet and tweeted the one above — but not before dictionaries took notice.
Pore and pour have taken over the top search spots on this evening. Do you know the difference? Hint … Kermit would have to pour his favorite drink into his cup. #Spelling
— (@Dictionarycom) July 3, 2018
“Pore and pour have taken over the top search spots on this evening. Do you know the difference? Hint … Kermit would have to pour his favorite drink into his cup,” tweeted.
Merriam-Webster also chimed in, tweeting the definitions for “pore over,” “pour over,” and even “come over,” which some Twitter users took to be a dig at Trump’s hair.
‘pore over’ ??”to read or study very carefully”
‘pour over’ ??”to make expensive coffee”
‘comb over’ “to comb hair from the side of the head to cover the bald spot”
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) July 3, 2018
Over the past few years, dictionaries like Merriam-Webster and have been infusing digital conversations — from politics, to pop culture — with commentary rooted in the meaning of words and our evolving relationship with them. And from correcting presidential misspellings to sharing tidbits on etymology, tweets referencing the president and his White House have prompted some to ponder whether the dictionary is trolling Trump.
When asked about this notion, top dictionary editors, social media managers, and digital strategists told ABC News that their strategies are rooted in a commitment to truth in an age of disinformation and ambiguity.
“Paying attention to the spelling and meaning of words is a way of respecting linguistic facts, which is a requirement for serious, professional, published writing,” Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large of Merriam-Webster, told ABC News. “Before we can come to a consensus on the meaning of ideas, we need to come to a consensus on the meaning of the words that express those ideas,” he added.
Here’s a look back at some viral moments of the Trump presidency and some of the dictionary’s viral responses:
Trump’s spelling lessons Jane Solomon, a lexicographer at, told ABC News that whenever Trump misspells or misuses a word, searches in the dictionary for that word or combination of words rises, noting that in May 2017 searches for “covfefe” — Trump’s now infamous late-night typo — skyrocketed, becoming one of the most searched words “without a definition” that year.
We’re so excited to announce that the Word of the Year is covfefe!
JUST KIDDING! But it is complicit. #Complicit #WordOftheYear #ScaredYouDidntWe
— (@Dictionarycom) November 27, 2017
The morning after, Trump deleted the tweet, which said “despite all the constant negative press covfefe,” and in good humor wrote, “Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!”
Who can figure out the true meaning of “covfefe” ??? Enjoy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017
“Presidential misspellings are almost always looked up in, and when I say presidential misspelling I’m really talking about the current president because I’m pretty sure previous presidents had a copy editor. We just didn’t see so many misspellings, I didn’t even notice any,” Solomon said.
“One reason why people are jumping on these misspellings are looking them up is because it shows, I think, a certain level of roughness, unpolished communication from someone in the highest office in our country,” she added.
Wakes up.
Checks Twitter.
?? Lookups fo…
Regrets checking Twitter.
Goes back to bed.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 31, 2017
Merriam-Webster also noted that searches for “covfefe” spiked and expressed regret for having woken up to the presidential typo that broke the internet.
“Most of what you see is a feature we call Trend Watch, something we’ve been doing since 2010. It’s a data-driven report based on unusual frequency of lookups,” Lisa Schneider, chief digital officer and publisher of Merriam-Webster, told ABC News. “When a word that is not frequently looked up is suddenly at or near the top of our real-time lookup data, it means everyone went to the dictionary at the same time to look up the same word. We can usually trace that back to some event or statement in the public sphere.”
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The Twitter account of President Donald Trump, @realDoanldTrump, is displayed in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.
Here are some other examples on Trump typos that promoted responses from dictionaries:
The president misspelled “collusion” in one of many in tweets where he slammed special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling into the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign. “They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction,” he wrote.
….At what point does this soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt, composed of 13 Angry and Heavily Conflicted Democrats and two people who have worked for Obama for 8 years, STOP! They have found no Collussion with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2018
“We have not found collussion either. We did, however, find collusion,” responded, along with a link to the definition of “collusion.”
We have not found collussion either.
We did, however, find collusion. #ItsInTheDictionary
— (@Dictionarycom) May 20, 2018
Last year, after Trump tweeted “White House Council ,” and later sent out a new post with the correct spelling — “counsel” — Merriam-Webster expressed disappointment in a series of tweets.
“Okay, fine. We weren’t going to do this, but here you go,” the dictionary wrote, tweeting the difference between “counsel” and “council,” along with the definitions of “SHEESH” — “used to express disappointment, annoyance, or surprise” — and “headdesk” — “when facepalms aren’t enough.”
Okay, fine. We weren’t going to do this, but here you go.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 8, 2017 Trump has misspelled “counsel” several times, tweeting it with with a “c” — “councel.” He has also written “council” instead of “counsel” when criticizing Mueller.
Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 17, 2016 And in December 2016, when then-president-elect Trump accused China of stealing a U.S. drone, calling the action “unpresidented,” instead of “unprecedented” , Merriam-Webster weighed in.
“Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one,” the dictionary tweeted, along with a link for the definition of “HUH.”
“One thing is clear: words matter. It shouldn’t surprise us, for example, that in a written medium like Twitter or Facebook, spelling counts,” Sokolowski said regarding Merriam-Webster’s social strategy. “Sure, wit is rewarded and irony comes in buckets, but clarity is more important when we share ideas on a small screen that is scrolled with your thumb. Our ideas are crystallized with language, and the better we use our words, the better we connect with the world.”
Trump’s history lessons Trump claimed in an interview with The Economist last year that he invented the phrase, “priming the pump.”
“Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it … I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good,” he said.
‘Pump priming’ has been used to refer to government investment expenditures since at least 1933.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 11, 2017
But Merriam-Webster was quick to note that the phrase “dates to the early 19th century.”
“‘Pump priming’ has been used to refer to government investment expenditures since at least 1933,” the dictionary tweeted, along with a link to the definition.
And in May, when Trump fired off another tweet, slamming the “originators and founders” of the Russia probe, which he called a “witch hunt,” Merriam-Webster chimed in with an article on the origin of the term “witch hunt.”
The Rigged Russian Witch Hunt goes on and on as the “originators and founders” of this scam continue to be fired and demoted for their corrupt and illegal activity. All credibility is gone from this terrible Hoax, and much more will be lost as it proceeds. No Collusion!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2018
The past and present of ‘witch hunt’:
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) August 15, 2018
Trump’s vocabulary lessons In a tweet marking Memorial Day this year, Trump appeared to strike an upbeat tone while touting his administration’s accomplishments and the strength of the economy.
“Happy Memorial Day!” he wrote. “Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
Memorial Day is defined as “a day set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars.”
Not found: Economic reports
— (@Dictionarycom) May 28, 2018
In response to this viral tweet, tweeted that “Memorial Day” is defined as “a day set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars,” and noted, “Not found: Economic reports.”
And when Trump suggested in May, amid his ongoing feud with the NFL, that players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest racism “maybe shouldn’t be in the country,” fired back.
Inalienable rights are rights that are not capable of being taken away or denied.
See also: The right to be in one’s own country.
— (@Dictionarycom) May 24, 2018
“Inalienable rights are rights that are not capable of being taken away or denied. See also: The right to be in one’s own country,” the dictionary tweeted in response to Trump’s Quote: and included a link to the definition of “inalienable.”
Braggadocious = Boastful; speaking with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself. #Trump
— (@Dictionarycom) February 5, 2018
And when Trump said in February that he is not “braggadocios” while touting the Republican tax plan, tweeted the definition of the word: “Boastful; speaking with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself. #Trump.”
Some tweets also came in response to statements made by top Trump administration officials.
When first daughter and assistant to the president Ivanka Trump responded to critics who claim she is “complicit” with her father and his policies, telling CBS, “I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” the dictionary jumped right in to inform her.
??’Complicit’ is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS “I don’t know what it means to be complicit.”
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 4, 2017
“‘Complicit’ is trending after Ivanka Trump told CBS “I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” Merriam-Webster tweeted, along with a link to the definition of “complicit.”
“We share this data because it’s fascinating (and to us, gratifying) to see that events drive curiosity about the meaning of words,” Schneider said, referencing trending searches. “It means that people care about how language is used. It means that words matter. The fact that many trending words recently have come from political stories is a reflection of the intense focus on politics in the news for the past year: we don’t choose the words that people look up.”
There’s a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds. #VP #Pence
— (@Dictionarycom) December 21, 2017
And in response to a Washington Post analysis piece titled “In Cabinet meeting, Pence praises Trump once every 12 seconds for three minutes straight,” tweeted, “There’s a word for a person who would praise someone every 12 seconds. #VP #Pence,” along with a link to the definition of “sycophant.”
Fact-checking ‘alternative facts’ One of the earliest viral moments of the Trump presidency prompted another viral moment when counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defended then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer after he repeated Trump’s false assertion that there were “like a million and a half people” at his inauguration.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer falsely claimed.
Conway told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Spicer “gave alternative facts” when he made that statement, launching what became a popular hashtag and a meme that is still used today.
Top dictionary trends:
1. Alternative ?? 126%
2. Oxymoron ?? 21% #alternativefacts
— (@Dictionarycom) January 23, 2017
At the time, tweeted the definition of “fact” and noted that searches for “alternative” went up 126 percent, while searches for “oxymoron,” went up 21 percent.
“‘Alternative facts’ is a classic example of misleading rhetoric used to confuse people,” Silter told ABC, lamenting the notion that “tweeting out what a ‘fact'” is could be seen as political. “This is an accepted definition for fact universally, it’s what people think when they use the word fact … unless they’re trying to misinform people or spread misinformation.”
“When you’re using language to harm and you are in such a position of power I think that should be called out,” Solomon added.
*whispers into the void* In contemporary use, fact is understood to refer to something with actual existence.
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 24, 2017
A seemingly disillusioned Merriam-Webster also weighed in, tweeting, “*whispers into the void* In contemporary use, fact is understood to refer to something with actual existence,” along with a link to a trend watch article stating, “Lookups for ‘fact’ spiked after Kellyanne Conway described false statements as ‘alternative facts.'”
Adam Maid, content and social media manager, for Merriam-Webster told ABC News that in the digital age, “people now have access to more voices and more information than ever before, and it’s really easy to become overwhelmed or simply led astray by a specious claim told with confidence. Or with a GIF or a meme.”
In the digital age, when false information can spread like wildfire online, Silter said that’s goal is “eliminating anxiety” by adding “clarity to conversations that might be ambiguous.”
“I think what people want is someone to step into this public arena and say things clearly without trying to mislead people, misdirect people or confuse people,” she added.
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(USA-DC) Communications Associate, UNA-USA

Home View All Jobs ( 2,410,624 ) United Nations Foundation Communications Associate, UNA-USA in District Of Columbia
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) works closely with the UN Foundation by informing, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA represents a grassroots membership that includes over 200 chapters and more than 20,000 members nationwide who engage in public education and advocacy, promoting strong U.S.-UN relations.
This position uniquely combines interests in international relations, public policy, grassroots movements, constituency building, and communications/public relations — all for the purpose of strengthening the U.S-UN relationship.
Working with members of the UNA-USA and Public Affairs teams, the Communications Associate, UNA-USA will develop communications to support the Association’s membership, chapter programs, and advocacy objectives, as well as coordinating the interface of communications functions with other divisions of the Foundation.
The Communications Associate, UNA-USA is a member of both the Public Affairs and UNA-USA teams. She/he will report to the Senior Director, Memberships and Programs, UNA-USA and work closely with UNA-USA leadership and the Digital Media and Communications Digital Media and Communications Officer, UNA-USA. The position will also collaborate regularly with UNA-USA chapters nationwide. As such, this position will require travel.
Communications Strategy & Brand management: Assist with development and implementation of UNA-USA strategic communications plan and content strategy.
Writing and Content Creation:
Write all membership recruitment and retention communications (mail, email, online, etc.) to influence membership growth in UNA-USA.
Write and curate publications to keep UNA-USA members informed and engaged, including UNA Today, the monthly membership e-newsletter, and UNA-USA blog.
Collaborate with the membership team to develop, write, and copy edit chapter resources, including toolkits, handbooks and training webinars, as well as provide support for education programs. Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to conceptualize display and functionality of these assets on the website.
Web maintenance and email marketing support:
Assist with UNA-USA website maintenance. Create web pages for content such as blog posts, member resources, and events. Consistently monitor chapter web pages to ensure information is up to date, and assist with requests for chapter content updates.
Assist with email marketing execution. Responsibilities may include drafting and coding emails, creating targeted distribution groups, reporting on metrics.
Social Media:
Assist Digital Media and Communications Officer with sourcing, writing, and creating original content for use on social media. Gather relevant content to write tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram posts, and create graphics where applicable.
Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to track and report on digital engagement metrics. Help build monthly reports on social media, email, and web analytics to draw conclusions on key findings and conceptualize data-driven strategies to boost engagement.
Media relations and press outreach:
Use google alerts to track key moments and media opportunities to promote UNA-USA activities. Work with Digital Media and Communications Officer to develop pitching strategies around key national moments and notable chapter activities, maintain relationships with reporters, draft press releases and media advisories, assist in the development UNA-USA press kits and toolkits.
Conduct press outreach around key moments. Responsibilities include building media lists, pitching key stories, coordinating with the press.
Provide communications support for UNA-USA events. Assist with speaker outreach, agenda development, photographer/videographer coordination, and attendee materials. Help with live social media coverage during key events and moments.
Work with communications and membership teams to develop and maintain UNA-USA internal and external communications products, including presentations on UNA and UN programs, fact sheets, brochures, videos and other materials, to support UNA-USA communications goals.
Serve as staff contact for UNA’s Communications Committee. Schedule and help develop agenda for monthly communications committee call. Work with Committee Chair to explore new ways to support chapters in expanding their communications efforts and programs.
Perform and oversee communications duties as required during any absence of staff.
Other projects and duties as may be assigned.
Minimum one year of writing and organizing projects.
Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Public Relations, International Relations, Journalism or related field preferred.
Demonstrated experience in crafting campaign messages and content.
Experience writing press releases, creating media kits and media lists.
Experience maintaining and managing organizational social networking accounts in coordination with campaign online communications and strategy (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, etc.).
Attention to detail and adherence to deadlines.
Ability to work independently and within a team to identify, explore, and implement creative online and social media strategies and make recommendations for content and online communications tools.
Strong skills working in teams and across many types of organizations — team-oriented; problem solver; relationship-builder; and strong inter-personal skills.
Ability to multitask in a very fast-paced, often rapidly-changing environment.
Stress tolerance and resilience; sense of humor; highly organized; attention to detail; and ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities.
Multi-cultural experience and willingness to travel (at least 10%).
A demonstrated knowledge of global issues and the United Nations system, and an understanding of the UN Foundation mission, programs, strategy, and goals.
Knowledge and prior use of HTML, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Office.
Proficiency in CRM & CMS —Salesforce, EveryAction, and/or WordPress highly preferable.
Proficiency in the use of social media monitoring and analytics tools.
Knowledge of video editing software such as Adobe Premiere.
Prior legislative, campaign, or policy experience.
Experience working with membership organizations or associations.
Familiarity with international issues and/or the UN system.
Ability to meet regular attendance/tardiness policy.
Ability to work under pressure and handle stress.
For full-time, benefit eligible employees, UNF offers an excellent range of benefits, including: A choice of two health plans through CareFirst (PPO or HDHP with HSA),
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