Palace Reacts to ‘Duterte’ Inclusion in Urban Dictionary

News broke out that a new word has entered the Urban Dictionary, and it happens to be the surname of the Philippine President. Although a netizen may have just had some fun putting the word “Duterte” into Urban Dictionary, the definition is based on votes that it gets from volunteer editors.

The word was defined as a verb: to scam, trick, con, or use unscrupulous means to an end; to betray | adjective: deceptive, sly, fake, corrupt, crooked; treacherous; of low quality | noun: a scam, sham, or rip-off; a traitor.

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The entry has been trending on Urban Dictionary since its posting, and the Malacañang Palace came to defend the President saying that the description is “inaccurate, illegitimate, and defamatory”. The statement was given by Chief Executive’s Communications Secretary Martin Andanar.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the definitions of “Duterte” is the exact opposite of what was written and they consider him to be “honest, incorruptible, politically-willed person, courageous, selfless, honest, transparent and all good things”.

It is not the first time that a Philippine President has received a “definition” online. Former President Noynoy Aquino had his own share of this when the word “Noynoying” appeared on Wikipedia and was defined as “posing in a lazy manner, such as sitting idly while resting their heads on one hand and doing nothing.”

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos also had her share of the spotlight when the word “Imeldific” was coined because of her ostentatious extravagance.

Urban Dictionary uses a crowdsourcing method to give definitions to terms and/or words. What do you think of this Urban Dictionary entry?

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