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IT'S SETTLED: Trump clarifies whether he is saying 'big league' or 'bigly'

Pamela Engel
Donald Trump EWTN

Donald Trump has settled a hotly contested debate surrounding his campaign: whether he's saying "big league" or "bigly" at his rallies and speeches.

Political observers and journalists have been arguing over the issue for months, and the Republican presidential nominee finally delivered some clarity in an interview with EWTN, a Catholic broadcasting network.

"In appearance after appearance, there is one bit of Trump syntax that has created debate in households across America," interviewer Raymond Arroyo said. "My final question, it is perhaps the most portentous ... are you saying 'bigly' or 'big league'?"

"Are you talking about for me?" Trump said. "I use 'big league.'"

Trump's answer jives with what linguists told The New York Times earlier this week — that "acoustic cues" indicated a second "g" sound when Trump used the phrase.

"Are you saying 'bigly' or 'big league?'"

"[I] use 'big league.'"https://t.co/nHGmvE5W5q pic.twitter.com/bA73qzHzsv

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 28, 2016

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