Trump Supporters Aren’t Sure How To Spell “NRA”

Google reports huge surge in searches for “enarray,” primarily in red states

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At a recent rally, one Trump supporter said his rifle “speaks louder than any stupid dictionary.”

What’s in a name? In “NRA,” just three letters, but it appears that many fervent supporters of the second amendment aren’t sure what it stands for or how to spell it.

Recent Google data shows a substantial increase in online searches for the word “enarray.” And those searches turned out to be from states where you might expect to find the greatest number of card-carrying National Rifle Association members — red states.

“The only conclusion we can make is that there is some confusion about what the political candidates and the media are saying when they use the initials for the NRA,” said Vihaan Batra, a Senior Search Analyst at Google, “A few years ago we had a similar surge in searches for “nasscart.” We believe online users were trying to search NASCAR.” The latter is the abbreviation for the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

Batra adds that Americans in general have difficulty deciphering common acronyms. “The Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, is often searched for as an Irishman’s surname — ‘O’Peck.’ And the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, is routinely searched as ‘nassau’ or ‘nahsaw,’” says Batra.

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