can we call trump's tweeted temper tantrums "tweetrums"?

RESPONDING TOQUESTION on Quora, I used my an­swer as the ba­sis for a short ar­ti­cle that I ti­tled, "Con­ser­v­a­tives Not Ex­actly En­thralled by Trump Are a Prob­lem." I was ad­dress­ing what I as­sumed was a con­ser­v­a­tive in­di­vid­ual who posted that some con­ser­v­a­tives "aren't ex­actly en­thralled" with Trumps' pres­i­dency.

The point of my piece was to take the ques­tioner to task for so timid a re­sponse to Trump. I wrote:

"We have watched him run amok for two years as the pres­i­dent, throw­ing what ap­pear to be tem­per tantrums via tweets ("tweet­rums"?) on a daily ba­sis. We have read these tweets, which are of­ten as gram­mat­i­cally chal­lenged as they are fac­tu­ally chal­lenged." (NU)

Mo­ments af­ter pub­lish­ing my ar­ti­cle, a friend con­tacted me and asked if I had coined the term tweet­rums, which I didn't know.

Per­haps I had.

 

JohnnyDepp CryBaby drawing 1000

In the 1990 movie Cry Baby, Johnny Depp plays a young greaser — who acts a lot like Elvis in his first movies in the'50s — who can shed a tear on cue and melt the hearts of women of all ages. It's a movie by John Wa­ters, so it's not your nor­mal Johnny Depp movie. (Like there's any such thing, right?) The draw­ing above is by Lots of Lowe for the De­viant Art web­site. 

Someone behaving like a child

So I am writ­ing this piece about my pos­si­bly coin­ing a new word that is so os very ap­plic­a­ble to what's hap­pen­ing every day on the In­ter­net and there­fore on the news.

My un­of­fi­cial de­f­i­n­i­tion and ex­pla­na­tion of tweet­rums: the word is made by join­ing two other words: tweet and tantrum.

tweet

Post­ing on the so­cial me­dia web­site Twit­ter. It is both a verb (for ex­am­ple, "Pres­i­dent Trump tweets reg­u­larly, some might say ob­ses­sively") and a noun ("Pres­i­dent Trump's lat­est tweet again ac­cused Mueller of a witch hunt").

tantrum

An un­con­trolled ex­pres­sion of child­ish anger; an an­gry out­burst by a child or by some­one who is be­hav­ing like a child. (Merriam-Webster).

The Pres­i­dent tweets reg­u­larly — some might say ob­ses­sively — while mil­lions of peo­ple around the world think of child­ish tem­per tantrums when they read the President's tweets.

Hence, tweet­rums: "tweet­ing like a petu­lant child throw­ing a tem­per tantrum."

Right now, the word tweet­rum is al­most ex­clu­sively as­so­ci­ated with the 45th Pres­i­dent of the United States. Should some­one else wish to em­u­late the Pres­i­dent, their mes­sages might bet­ter be called tweet­rumps.

Re­mem­ber you read it here first!

 

Trump BabyBlimp 1000

"Our prime min­is­ter has in­vited Trump to the UK on 13 July, when he will prob­a­bly gloat and smirk over our Brexit mis­for­tune, and hope to bully us into sub­ju­ga­tion. To do jus­tice to the enor­mity of the oc­ca­sion, a group of ac­tivist friends and I have had a six-meter-high blimp made of Trump as a gi­ant or­ange baby, with a mo­bile phone clutched in his tiny hands. Trump Baby is the kind of protest that would be im­pos­si­ble to ig­nore dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial visit." (Guardian)

Alas, trumped again

I wrote the text above with­out re­search­ing the word tweet­rums. When I did look it up on Google and if I found no other ref­er­ence to it, I wanted my ar­ti­cle to be ready to launch this post im­me­di­ately be­fore any­one could see my hav­ing looked the word up and beat me to the punch. So when this piece was fin­ished, I googled tweet­rums

Alas, trumped again: I found ev­i­dence that oth­ers had trumped my coinage of the word on the first page of Google. The ear­li­est use of the word in ref­er­ence to Trump's out­bursts ap­pears to have been by David von Drehle in an ar­ti­cle about Mueller for Time mag­a­zine from June 2017 ("Trump’s fu­ture tweet­rums").

I found it used even ear­lier in a piece on base­ball from 2013 on the Mar­lin Ma­niac web­site ("post-season fire sale tem­per tweet­rum").

So, no need to re­mem­ber any­thing, as you didn't read it here first.

 

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FEATURED IMAGE: The im­age at the top of this page is by car­i­ca­tur­ist Don­key­Hotey and ac­com­pa­nied the ar­ti­cle "For the Fourth Time To­day Trump Again Posts Ju­ve­nile Cry­baby Tweets" by David Badash for the New Civil Rights Move­ment web­site. Af­ter tak­ing the Pres­i­dent to task for what could be hy­per­bole, Badash notes that "in the mid­dle of what should be for the leader of the free world a busy Thurs­day af­ter­noon work­day, Trump has posted yet an­other an­gry, ju­ve­nile tweet, this time com­plete with ty­pos."

Post­script: If I had a photo of me as a child, I might have used in­stead of the Johnny Depp draw­ing. I was high-strung, highly emo­tional, and cried when­ever I was frus­trated or an­gry. Con­se­quently, I was known as a cry-baby. That cer­tainly didn't do my self-esteem any good!

By the time I had ma­tured, my cry­ing was re­served for scenes in movies where wolves are shot for sport by drunken US Cav­alry troops — and you don't get a prize if you know what movie I'm re­fer­ring to — and chick-flicks.

Let me tell you some­thing, you take a woman on a first date to a chick-flick and she'll think you're amaz­ing. Cry dur­ing all the right scenes and you're in like Coburn. (Yeah, that's an­other movie ref­er­ence . . .)