Least Presidential Vocabulary Used by Presidential Candidates during the GOP Debate (Sept. 16, 2015)

When Rand Paul attacked Donald Trump's sophomoric attacks on other candidates' personal appearance, he quipped that it was like "junior high," adding, "Are we not way above that?" A quick look at candidates' vocabularies shows that most, well, aren't. We could not resist creating a list. Behold the nominees in the category of "Least Presidential Vocabulary Used by Presidential Candidates." For more, see: " The Presidential (and Not So Presidential) Vocabulary of the Second GOP Debate."

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  1. braggadocio
    vain and empty boasting
    I say not in a braggadocious way, I've made billions and billions of dollars dealing with people all over the world,.
    --Donald Trump

    Let's talk about what leadership is. It's not about braggadocio, it is about challenging the status quo, solving problems, producing results.
    --Carly Fiorina
    Trump lands the vocabulary triple lutz in the first fifteen seconds of the short program!
  2. dude
    an informal form of address for a man
    Correct. First of all, I want to build a wall, a wall that works. So important, and it's a big part of it.

    Second of all, we have a lot of really bad dudes in this country from outside, and I think Chris knows that, maybe as well as anybody.
    --Donald Trump
    Oh, and while we're on the subject of dude, "Where's My Car?"
  3. gangster
    a criminal who is a member of an association of criminals
    There is a lunatic in North Korea with dozens of nuclear weapons...A gangster in Moscow...And now we have got this horrible deal with Iran. --Marco Rubio
    Note: not a gangsta, such as Trump might find in Chicago or Baltimore.
  4. lame
    pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
    Governor Walker, I want to go to you. Dr. Carson wants to raise the Federal Minimum Wage, you have called it a lame idea. Why is raising the Federal Minimum Wage lame?
    --Jake Tapper (CNN debate moderator)
    Pandering to the teenage vote...if only teenagers voted.
  5. recreational
    of or relating to an activity that diverts or amuses
    I'm not against medical marijuana. We do it in New Jersey. But I'm against the recreational use against marijuana.
    --Chris Christie
    It's never too late to say you're sorry, Jeb, or to tell Mom about that time in high school when you....
  6. patsy
    a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    Why are we always the world's patsies that we have to go over there and fight their wars for them? They need to fight their wars, we need to defend American interests, but it is not in America's national security interests to have another war in Iraq. --Rand Paul
    Hide your lunch money, America. We're not going to let the bullies get the better of us any longer.
  7. toot
    revelry in drinking; a merry drinking party
    The fact she had a private email server in her basement, using national security secrets running through it, could have been hacked by the Russians, the Chinese, or two 18-year-olds on a toot wanting to have some fun.
    --Chris Christie
    Prize for "Say What?!"
  8. tube
    a hollow cylindrical shape
    When the people of Iowa found that out, I went to No. 1 and you went down the tubes. --Donald Trump
    It wouldn't be a presidential debate without an allusion to the toilet, right?
Created on September 17, 2015 (updated September 17, 2015)

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