Trump fights to break what?

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Brendan Mohler, "Donald Trump fights to break wind farm in Scotland", Golf Magazine 10/9/2015.

The headline writer failed to use more obvious verbs like "stop" instead of "break"; did they also foresee the line break?

[h/t J.K.]


  1. Theophylact said,

    October 9, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

    Actually, "Trump" sounds a bit like flatulence.

  2. MJ said,

    October 9, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    See recent Bloom County:

  3. Robot Therapist said,

    October 9, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

    "Trump" is indeed a slang word for flatulence in the UK.

  4. Guy said,

    October 9, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

    What level of effort did you put into getting the same line break?

  5. Randy Hudson said,

    October 9, 2015 @ 5:20 pm

    Re the Bloom County strip: where else would you break wind from?

  6. Ken said,

    October 10, 2015 @ 12:38 am

    "The headline writer failed to use more obvious verbs like "stop" instead of "break""

    I'm fairly sure the headline writer knew exactly what he was doing.

  7. Martin Ball said,

    October 10, 2015 @ 12:48 am

    I wonder how current the UK usage of Trump for flatulence is? As I never heard it being used when growing up, it's either very old, very recent (I moved away about 15 years ago), regionally or socially restricted. Any thoughts from other UK readers.

  8. Jon said,

    October 10, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Martin Ball – I'm a 65-year-old Brit, and I had never heard trump used that way until a couple of years ago, by a 30-year-old niece. I think it's new, or newly common.

  9. Ken said,

    October 10, 2015 @ 12:08 pm

    It's certainly not new. The OED gives examples going back to to c1425.

    I'm the same age and have heard it.

    It derives from 'trumpet'.

  10. AntC said,

    October 10, 2015 @ 11:30 pm

    @Martin Ball, @Jon. I grew up in London and never heard trump in that sense; but moved to Yorkshire in the 1980's, where I heard it often enough.

  11. Rachael said,

    October 11, 2015 @ 8:09 am

    Jon: I don't think it's new. The only person I know who says "trump" is my grandmother (from London, 80 this year), who says she knows it's old-fashioned but she says it because her grandmother taught her.

  12. Phil Ramsden said,

    October 13, 2015 @ 7:12 pm

    "Trump" for "fart" is most commonly heard in the North of England, Wales and East Anglia, I believe.

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