Synonym for Deceit

I was reading Ambrose Bierce under the light of the full moon.  That would mean something to you if you have been tortured with “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” when you were just hitting adolescence.  It is even more meaningful when you find out the author went poof into the Mexican Revolution and was never seen again.  Sure, there are stories, but who you going to trust, right?  If you did not like being tortured with him you can say he came to a bad end or if you did it adds to his mystery depending on which side of the Revolution you are on.  He also wrote something called “The Devils Dictionary”.  I chose what side of The Revolution I was on, that is why I was reading Ambrose Bierce under the light of a full moon.

He used a term that should be resurrected from the archaic usage bin.  It is almost prophetic.


Websters defines it as meaning “to cheat, to deceive, something showy but useless, nonsense, rubbish, trashy, paltry.”

The O.E.D. (Oxford English Dictionary) indicates that it dropped out of usage around the end of the nineteenth century.  My copy of the O.E.D. is a bit dated, and I have not been able to justify a tax right off for the online edition, so take the change of usage dating with a grain of salt

Here is an example of the word in use:

The recent treaty between Israel and UAE is some major trumpery, smoke and shadow for the powers that be.

Another example would be:

Once more, Senator McConnell stood upon the chamber floor and debased the institution with his trumpery.  He lied with gusto.

I think this descriptive term in common usage will help people remember that the name of Trump is a pernicious blight to humanity for the next millennium.  By then it once again can be relegated into the dust of antiquity, hopefully for all time.  We should have improved by then.

About johnsmithiiimxiii

John Smith, IIMXIII is the avatar of an award winning poet, artist, etc. who still lives in the Palouse country of the Pacific NW. He has not received much notice with his prose . . . but as his avatar, I hope that he keeps plugging along.

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