If you come for
the Kardashians the most trusted American English dictionary on Twitter, you best not miss! After all, the @MerriamWebster account has been known to bring the heat on Twitter, previously calling out @Dictionarycom:
And taking Twitter users to task for questioning why the word "genderqueer" is in the dictionary:
But evidently, not everybody got the memo. So Merriam-Webster had to teach a few lessons on Wednesday.
It all started with a tweet from @MerriamWebster about whether or not it's okay to use the word "mad" to mean "angry":
It was a simple enough tweet, but Gabriel Roth, an editor at Slate, took it upon himself to say that Merriam-Webster's leniency on the "mad" versus "angry" debate was turning the dictionary "into the 'chill' parent who lets your friends come over and get high":
Roth continued to pile on the criticism after sending out his initial tweet:
But @MerriamWebster wasn't having any of it and shut the dude down with six simple words:
Twitter loved the mic drop moment and savagely joined in, hitting the dude with memes that play on the original "mad" as "angry" tweet:
Others piled on, too:
The moral of the story is that if you come at @MerriamWebster on Twitter, they'll likely leave you mad, angry, or some combination of the two.