It’s official. The National Synonym Society today approved “trump” as a new word for “dumb.”
“This is a well-earned honor,” said Sebastian T. Wordsworth, NSS president. “Never in the long history of the NSS has an alternate meaning for an existing word been so well documented by multiple media.”
Wordsworth added that the new meaning is, also for the first time, attributable to the acts of a single individual.
“That individual, is of course, Donald J. Trump, whose elevation to President of the United States of America and whose unfiltered access to Twitter have showcased his trumpness to the world daily,” Wordsworth elaborated.
Trump had a long, honorable, pre-Donald J. history. As a noun, it traces its origins back to games in which certain playing cards were designated as trump and ranked above other cards in the deck.
Mutating into a verb, trump became the act of beating cards of other suits. This was eventually more broadly defined as making a winning move in a competitive situation.
Trump’s positive past, however, has come to screeching halt with its coronation as an adjective.
“It is now perfectly acceptable to substitute trump for dumb in any sentence not referring to speechlessness,” Wordsworth said. “By extension, trump may also now replace any previously existing synonym for dumb — including but not limited to, stupid, dense, brainless, slow, empty-headed, vacuous, moronic and half-baked.”
Wordsworth also noted that trump has earned the right to replace close relatives of dumb, such as ignorant, illiterate and bonkers.
Wordsworth provided sample sentences incorporating the new meaning of trump.
“Do you work at being trump, or were you born that way?”
How can anyone in their right mind, be that trump?”
“Well, that was a trump move.”
“That has got to be the trumpest damn thing I have ever heard anyone say.”
“Way to go, trump-ass!”
Hey. Maybe they can change the name of one of my favorite movies to Trump and Trumper.