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Trump Says Schlonged Is a Totally Common, Not-at-All-Vulgar Term Used in Politics

A protester holds a caricature of Donald Trump during a demonstration against racism and Trump’s remarks concerning Muslims on Dec. 10, 2015, in New York City.

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As you, person with an Internet connection, have already heard by now, Donald Trump found yet another way to offend this week when he turned a vulgar term for a man’s penis into a verb while describing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. “She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost,” Trump told a crowd of supporters.

The GOP front-runner, though, is now claiming that the word schlonged doesn’t mean what we all think it means.

If you were wondering, here’s the first definition for schlong in the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “Penis.” And the first definition on “The penis.” And in the Cambridge Dictionaries: “a penis.” And in the Oxford Dictionaires: “A man’s penis.” None of the four offer a second definition.

Elsewhere in Slate: With Schlonged, Donald Trump Tries to Harness the Dark Energy of Conservative Misogyny

Read more of Slate’s coverage of the GOP primary.