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Trumpery defined

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  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    trumpery
    (ˈtrʌmpərɪ)
    n, pl -eries
    1. foolish talk or actions
    2. a useless or worthless article; trinket

    adj
    3. useless or worthless
    [C15: from Old French tromperie deceit, from tromper to cheat]

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/trumpery
     
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  2. Rob_BW

    Rob_BW Well-Known Member

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    The Free Dictionary? Come on, I thought we were all scholars around here.Biggrin

    Here's the OED:

    trumpery, n. and adj.

    Pronunciation: trumpery#_gb_1.mp3 /ˈtrʌmpərɪ/

    Forms: ME–15 trompery(e, (15 tromperey, troumperie, trumprie), 15–16tromperie, trumperie... (Show More)

    Frequency (in current use):

    Etymology: < French tromperie (14th cent. in Godefroy Compl.), < tromper trump v.2: see ... (Show More)

    A. n.
    †1. Deceit, fraud, imposture, trickery. Obs.
    1481—1847

    2. ‘Something of less value than it seems’; hence, ‘something of no value; trifles’ (Johnson); worthless stuff, trash, rubbish. (Usuallycollective sing.; also, now rarely, pl.)


    a. Applied to material objects (see also A. 2c – A. 2e
    1531—1848

    b. Applied to abstract things, as beliefs, practices, discourse, writing, etc.: Nonsense, ‘rubbish’.
    c1485—1846(Show quotations)

    c. Applied contemptuously to religious practices, ceremonies, ornaments, etc. regarded as idle or superstitious. (Cf. trinket n.1 3) Now rare or merged in general sense.
    1542—1824

    d. Showy but unsubstantial apparel; worthless finery.
    a1616—1851

    e. Hort. Weeds or refuse, such as hinder the growth of valuable plants. Obs. exc. dial.
    1669—1888

    f. Applied to a person, esp. a woman: cf. trash n.1 4 ? Obs. exc. dial.
    1738—1852

    B. adj.

    Of little or no value; trifling, paltry, insignificant; worthless, rubbishy, trashy.
    1576—1869
     
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  3. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    The OED is THE DICTIONARY when it comes to English. Thanks for the post.
     
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    How does your dictionary define the word TRUMP (which is his name)?
     
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    So this thread is from beginning to end of no more substance than an ad hominem.
     
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    Well, words change as we use them and they're usually defined by our use of it in the colloquial. English was considered vernacular during Shakespeare's time. I believe in all definitions of Trump and Trumpery including the one's where "it" is defined as a loud buffoon.
     
  7. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member

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    See the thread where Trumper is defined.
     
  8. matt wade

    matt wade Well-Known Member

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    One could say this thread is trumpery.
     
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