Merriam-Webster Shuts Down Kellyanne Conway's 'Alternative Facts'

"A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality," Merriam-Webster tweeted after Kellyanne Conway made a puzzling remark on national TV.

In case you're not up to date on the latest antics of President Donald Trump's administration, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, uttered a new phrase on national television that shook the internet.

Conway was appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with host Chuck Todd on Jan. 22. Todd brought up the blatant lie recently told by White House press secretary Sean Spicer regarding the size of inauguration crowds. (For the record, Spicer told reporters it was the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration," which is verifiably false.)

Conway responded with, "You're saying it's a falsehood. Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."

Uh, what?

The hashtag #AlternativeFacts quickly took Twitter by storm.

The best tweet of all, though, came from good 'ole Merriam-Webster. The dictionary website clapped back with none other than the definition of fact.

Naturally, the Twitterverse was in complete awe.

On behalf of all of cyberspace, we are so grateful for you, Merriam-Webster.

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