When a politician, or any other businessman, says tough, are they talking about something resilient or a piece of meat that’s not tender and hard to chew? Probably not. They are most likely using the word tough to describe a strong-minded, tenacious personality or an unwavering, steadfast policy or decision. Trump, for example has told the public on more than one occasion not to worry about “the tough phone calls he will be making to world leaders” and we are all, as instructed, trying not worry.
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Donald Trump uses the word nasty often. He’s not talking about unpleasant weather or a particularly bad accident, which is the conventional way to use this adjective. He overuses the word to describe what he perceives as dangerous or hard to understand people or groups of people. He often called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the campaign.
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