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Talkin' Trump
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/02/2019 13:46:46

Good Morning.

Let's have an etymology lesson today.

Donald Trump became prevalent to most of us back in the 1980s. But the word trump has a longer history.

I'm sure that back in the dark ages, most of us played cards with actual cards. Depending on the game, you were able to play something called a "trump" card.

a : 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

But buried deep in the list of definitions, is this curio:

: a dependable and exemplary person

I'm sure this is the "Trump" that he thinks he is. Like everything else, he gets it completely wrong.

But let's play a game and look up the antonyms of "dependable" and "exemplary" in our faithful thesaurus. Seems to me that this is the part Donnie was reading.

Near Antonyms of dependable:

disloyal, faithless, false, fickle, inconstant, perfidious, recreant, traitorous, treacherous, unfaithful, untrue, deceitful, dishonest, lying, mendacious, untruthful, debatable, disputable, doubtable, doubtful, dubious, fishy, problematic (also problematical), questionable, shady, shaky, suspect, uncertain, unsound, hazardous, risky, unconfirmed, untried

Antonyms of dependable:

dodgy [chiefly British], uncertain, undependable, unreliable, unsafe, untrustworthy

Near Antonyms of exemplary:

bad, low-grade, poor, substandard, unsatisfactory, atrocious, execrable, vile, wretched, deficient, disappointing, failed, inadequate, inferior, average, normal, ordinary,, representative, typical, mediocre, second-class, second-rate

Plenty of ways to use all these words in everyday conversation, I'm sure!


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