Donald Trump defends “schlonged” remark.

Donald Trump Says Schlong Doesn’t Mean What the Dictionary Says It Does

Donald Trump Says Schlong Doesn’t Mean What the Dictionary Says It Does

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Dec. 23 2015 9:15 AM

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

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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 Dictionary.com: “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.

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.