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Regarding the Bob McClellan letters (Nov. 30) concerning the word "trumpery": To be true to President Trump, you should've used the word "trump." It carries more definitions and chances to look on the bright good side.

Formerly the word triumph, trump was in part confused with "tromper: to deceive." In card games, a trump card outranks the other cards. Trump also means "a person upon whom one can depend, one who spontaneously does the right thing in any emergency; a good fellow." "To put to one's trump" means to call for the utmost exertion of power.

These definitions come from the "Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language 1897." The 2011 Oxford English Dictionary says "trump" means these things and more, including "trump: a valuable resource that may be used, especially as a surprise, to gain an advantage. A helpful or admirable person. Surprise by doing something better." A negative is meant when used in "trump something up: invent a false accusation or excuse."

With all these positive original meanings, I have high hopes for our president. He is not perfect, none of us is, and after all, he's not my husband, he's our president.

Push onward and upwards, President Trump!

Keren Wolhart,

Alberton

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