Trump: “Crooked Hillary” – Brazilian Students: “What the Heck Does He Mean?”


“Crooked Hillary” – that’s what, more often than not, the presumptive republican nominee calls the woman who might become the next leader of the free world, leaving many in this country wondering what the heck Mr. Trump means. Well, fellow Brazilians, wonder no more, Mr. Violin to the rescue: in fairness to the man who may take over for Mr. Obama and out of an abundance of caution, I’ve looked it up. So here we go, meaning #1: “not in a straight line; bent or twisted,” says the Oxford dictionary. Well, perhaps, that could be a reference to her nose or, who knows, her smile. But then again, they look pretty straight to me. Which leaves us with meaning #2: “dishonest” – ouch! Hey, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that the real estate tycoon appears to lean more toward the latter meaning. Either way, students of English all over Brazil can rest assured that Mrs. Clinton does not take it as a compliment.


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