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The Most-Searched Words After Trump's Win Perfectly Sum Up America's Anxieties

Last Tuesday, America elected a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic bigot who might lead the country into fascism. It's just too bad voters didn't think about those words before Tuesday.

The most-searched words on Merriam-Webster on Sunday included “fascism,” “bigot,” “xenophobe,” “racism” and “misogyny,”  according to a tweet from the dictionary company.

For the record, fascism means “a way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government.”

And a “bigot” is “a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group).”

Xenophobia” is “fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners.” “Misogyny” is “a hatred of women.” And I really hope I don't have to define “racism” for you.

These are all words associated with Donald Trump, America's president-elect.

Merriam-Webster said it's likely those searches spiked because they were used so often in headlines and articles about Trump.

Of course, it would have been nice if America knew how Trump was defined before they voted him in.

This is similar to how Brits reacted after Brexit, when the country voted to leave the European Union. Right after hitting the polls, they began searching for definitions of the European Union and what will happen if the country leaves.

These are generally things you'd think people would want to know before voting.

You can also see Americans start to frantically look up things about the man they'd just elected immediately after the results started coming in.

Google searches for “Trump policies” only started to go up on Election Day after 8 pm. They reached a peak at 3 am — right about when it was clear Trump was going to win.

Google searches for "Trump policies" spiked the day after the election.

Google Trends

Similarly, Google searches for “Trump plan” didn't reach a peak over the last 30 days until Wednesday — the day after America elected him.

Graph shows when people started Googling "Trump plans."

Google Trends

That search also peaked at 3 am on Election Night.

For future reference, you should really search this stuff before you decide on who to vote for.

Way to be informed voters, America.

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Citations: Cosmopolitan, Merriam-Webster

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Alexandra Svokos

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Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos
Alexandra is the Senior News Editor at Elite Daily. She previously worked at HuffPost and has been published in Vox, Glamour, Refinery 29, Mic, Cosmopolitan and Quartz. Find her on Twitter / FB @asvokos and at tinyletter.com/asvokos

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