TRUMP & TRUMPERY
Is it my imagination, or has the word “trump” begun to creep into daily news and conversation at an accelerating rate?
That is, “trump” as a transitive verb meaning “override”; not “trump” meaning “foil or thwart… esp. with an unexpected move at the last minute or by means of a previously secret resource” (Oxford Canadian Dictionary). I prefer the latter, but Merriam-webster has already accepted the former.
Maybe someone will send in some beautiful writing in which this new incarnation of “trump” appears, but in the meantime it’s going on my list of space-saving newspaper words to avoid, which includes “oust” and “opt.” —Mary Schendlinger in The Writer’s Toolbox. For more on writers and writing, visit geist.com/writers/writers-toolbox