Tromper

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Many think that the surname Tr**mp has its origins in the musical instrument consisting of a twisted metal tube through which hot air is blown via pursed lips to produce a throaty, almost bodily sound designed to impress enemies in battle. Others maintain that the word springs from a long tubular protrusion that replaces the nose of some large animals and is used to sniffle at females in the preambles to rutting. But scientists have put forward another plausible explanation. The word may stem from the French verb ‘tromper’ which means, amongst other things, to deceive, delude, cozen, mislead, fool, dupe, cheat, betray, lure, beguile, impose, baffle, …

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