A little over 10 years ago, I wrote a short story, a political satire, in homage to President George W. Bush called “Everybody’s Dictionary.” While going over it recently, I realized little had changed in the U.S. since the time of G-Dubs, and that if I tweaked it just a little here and there, I could actually make it an homage to President Donald J. Trump. How exciting, I thought!
I originally posted it on Wattpad, the leading English language short story site, a couple of years ago, and then kind of forgot about it until January 20, the day Donnie T. was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.
However, it wasn’t until Kellyannegate a couple of weeks ago, when the term “alternative facts” entered the lexicon of the American media, that I decided to go back to “Everybody’s Dictionary” and see if it was still relevant eight years later. And wouldn’t you know it! Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. (TRANS.: If you beat around a bush, you will always be trumped.)
So, to all those logophiles out there who still think semantics are important, I dedicate this updated version of the story to you.
Click here to read “Everybody’s Dictionary (& Other Semantic Debacles)“