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ABC Cancels Roseanne After 'Abhorrent' Tweet

Lookups rise over 12,000% after announcement

Abhorrent rose to the top of our lookups on May 29th, 2018, following ABC's cancellation of the eponymous revamp of Roseanne Barr's television show. The cancellation, and widespread condemnation, came after the actor had tweeted a racial slur about former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

"Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show," president of ABC Entertainment Channing Dungey announced in a statement Tuesday.
- Aurelie Corinthios, People TV Watch (, 29 May 2018

The word, which has been in use in English since the late 16th century, comes from the Latin abhorrere, which means "to be repugnant to," or "to recoil from." The earliest recorded sense of the word in English use, now quite obsolete, was "strongly opposed," and the word in this sense was typically used with the preposition from. Its current definition is "causing or deserving strong dislike or hatred" or "being so repugnant as to stir up positive antagonism."

Wherefore as these properties of the Lawe of Nature nothing make for the Scottish Queen, but are wholely abhorrent from her endeuours.
- Anon., A Defence of the Honorable Sentence and Execution of the Queene of Scots, 1587

Repugnant also saw a moderate spike after the statement and is defined as "exciting distaste or aversion."

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