R.I.P. Trump

The word, of course, not the celebrity. It’s become appallingly clear that we can no longer use the verb “trump” literally, as in “My evidence trumps yours,” because of the taint associated with the name now. A sad loss. It was a great word.

I don’t expect it to be resurrected any time soon. Several years later, I still can’t refer to that darkening period at the end of the day–“twilight”–without students giggling. And don’t even try to address an issue by suggesting that it has “shades of gray.”

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One comment on “R.I.P. Trump

  1. Dusk?

    Gloaming? (Scots dialect)

    But Twilight is a beautiful word…

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    BTW I don’t think you are correct about Trump becoming un-usable – after all, Bush is still a word frequently used!

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