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On the Trumpiness of the Donald

I have frequently noticed the correlation between a person’s last name and their occupation.

This not unusual, for this is whence last names originated. What is more amusing, is the coincidence with the last name and the character of the person.

What does Trump mean?

Let’s look at the definition, taken from

“Definition of TRUMP

1a :  trumpet

b chiefly Scottish :  jew’s harp

2:  a sound of or as if of trumpeting <the trump of doom>

Origin of TRUMP

Middle English trompe, from Anglo-French trumpe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet

First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of TRUMP

1a :  a card of a suit any of whose cards will win over a card that is not of this suit —called also trump card
b :  the suit whose cards are trumps for a particular hand —often used in plural
2:  a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card
3:  a dependable and exemplary person”

Most of us know the meaning of “trump” from card games, but heck, did you see #3 in the list of definitions?
“A dependable and exemplary person”?!
These are his words:
“When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. … When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They are bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Given his recent gaffe involving racist and derogatory remarks about Latinos, perhaps he should consider changing his name to one of the rhyming words, none of which are complimentary.
Donald, you’ve ruined it for yourself, your trumpeting Trumpiness has not triumphed.
I was really looking forward to more of the election circus, and I will really miss his big-foot-in-mouth disease.
Does watching the Republicans cringe count as a sport? Ach, what was I thinking. They don’t cringe, they just go to war.
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in etymology, humor, politics, satire


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