Trum­pet Blow­ing

Mus­ings are thoughts, the thought­ful kind. For the pur­pose of these ar­ti­cles, a-mus­ings are thoughts that might amuse, en­ter­tain and even en­lighten.

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michael Walker

When deal­ing with con­gen­i­tal liars it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that, sooner or later, they will be­gin to mix up real­ity and fan­tasy. For­tu­nately for the world, Trump reached that point sev­eral decades ago and now lives in an al­ter­na­tive real­ity in which what he said last need not nec­es­sar­ily agree with what he says now, or in­deed have any rel­e­vance. But un­for­tu­nately for the world, hu­mankind and its lead­ers have not yet fully grasped the fact that there is no real­ity in Trump's world, not even for a fleet­ing sec­ond. His truth and real­ity evolve con­stantly.

Trump's real­ity is based solely on his own laugh­ably pre­dictable ex­cel­lence. He is his own true and con­stant trum­pet blower.

The term ‘to blow one's own trum­pet' as used in its present form was used by the 19th cen­tury author An­thony Trol­lope, in his work 'Aus­tralia and New Zealand' of 1873 in which he ob­served, “In the colonies . . . when a gen­tle­man sounds his own trum­pet he ‘blows.'” One is tempted to be­lieve that by ‘blows' Trol­lope meant that the gen­tle­man ‘passes wind' or as we more del­i­cately say today ‘farts!' But, in fact, one would be wrong for ‘blows' seems to match its cur­rent US use as a slang term to de­scribe any­thing bad or worth­less. I pre­fer Trump fart­ing.

Of course My Reader (there must at least be one of you) is strain­ing at the leash to point out that The King James Ver­sion of the Bible of 1611 in­cludes a warn­ing against boast­fully 'blow­ing one's own trum­pet', although not in those pre­cise words:

“Take heed that ye do not your alms be­fore men, to be seen of them: oth­er­wise ye have no re­ward of your Fa­ther which is in heaven.

There­fore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trum­pet be­fore thee, as the hyp­ocrites do in the syn­a­gogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Ver­ily I say unto you, They have their re­ward.

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

That thine alms may be in se­cret: and thy Fa­ther which seeth in se­cret him­self shall re­ward thee openly.”

One is al­most tempted to be­lieve that Trump is fa­mil­iar with this pas­sage for he ver­ily does not let his left hand know what his right hand is do­ing.

The verb trump which has been in use since the 16th cen­tury means to “fab­ri­cate, de­ceive, cheat” and de­rives from the Mid­dle English trumpen from the Old French tromper, “to de­ceive” or more in­ter­est­ingly “to blow a trum­pet” and al­ludes to quacks and moun­te­banks, who at­tracted the pub­lic by blow­ing a horn, and then cheated them into buy­ing. The Hind­ley Old French dic­tionary has bail­lier la trompe “blow the trum­pet” as “act the fool”. And ver­ily yet again does Trump live up to his name.

One source con­nects trump to trombe which means “wa­ter­spout” and is eerily pre­scient of a pres­i­dent and Rus­sian pros­ti­tutes ca­vort­ing in Golden Show­ers!

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