Did a bit of trumpery put a spell on U-haters?



Did a bit of trumpery put a spell on U-haters?

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

“Trump” is one of the few words in the United States (apart from “United”) that contains a U.

Trump the man has Scottish and German ancestry but trump the word comes from France. It evolved from the 14th-century Middle English trumpen, which came from the Old French tromper.

In A Historical Grammar of the French Language, published in English translation in 1896, etymologist Auguste Brachet defined tromper as “properly to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying; thence to cheat”...

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