Merriam-Webster Appears to Troll Trump With 'Mumpsimus' Tweet After #Sharpiegate: 'A Stubborn Person Who Insists on Making an Error in Spite of Being Shown That it is Wrong'

Dictionary Merriam-Webster has seemingly taken a swipe at President Donald Trump after he wrongly claimed that Hurricane Dorian was predicted to hit Alabama on September 1, and doubled down on his assertion even after his error was pointed.

On Thursday, the dictionary tweeted an old blog post from their website containing "rare and amusing insults." One of these—which was highlighted in the tweet itself—was "mumpsimus," which according to Merriam-Webster means: "A stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong."

The dictionary says that this insult originated with an illiterate priest who accidentally said "mumpsimus" rather than "sumpsimus"—meaning "we have taken" in Latin—during a mass service. Supposedly, the priest refused to say the right word even after he was corrected.

A 'mumpsimus' is a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong.

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 5, 2019

Many commenters below the Twitter post were quick to suggest that Merriam-Webster was taking aim at the president.

"@realDonaldTrump they're talking about you," wrote one user Molly Jong-Fast.

Meanwhile, another user, Dimples and Determination, wrote: "Once again @MerriamWebster conducts a master class in how to troll and throw shade."

On Sunday, as Dorian moved over the Bahamas, the president posted a tweet saying that Alabama will be significantly affected by the storm.

"In addition to Florida—South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, will most likely be hit (much) harder than anticipated. Looking like one of the largest hurricanes ever. Already category 5. BE CAREFUL! GOD BLESS EVERYONE!" Trump wrote.

However, just 20 minutes later, the National Weather Service posted their own tweet—without referring to the president—saying that Dorian was not expected to impact Alabama, based on the most recent forecasts.

"Alabama will NOT see any impacts from #Dorian. We repeat, no impacts from Hurricane #Dorian will be felt across Alabama. The system will remain too far east," the post from the National Weather Service in Alabama read.

On Wednesday during an Oval Office briefing, Trump held up a map of Hurricane Dorian's predicted path dated August 29, which appeared to have been altered with a black pen to extend the hurricane's projected path into Alabama.

"That was the original chart, and you see it was going to hit not only Florida but Georgia... was going towards the Gulf. That was what was originally projected," Trump said during the meeting.

As news of the briefing emerged, the hashtag #SharpieGate began trending on Twitter, as speculation grew over who added the black line.

Donald Trump, Hurricane Dorian
U.S. President Donald Trump references a map held by acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan while talking to reporters following a briefing from officials about Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office at the White House September 4, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The map was a forecast from August 29 and appears to have been altered by a black marker to extend the hurricane's range to include Alabama. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images