While many are grappling to offer explanations for the unlikely rise of Donald Trump, an obscure Yiddish word may actually have predicted his success.
Trumbenik means a boastful person, and the word bears a striking resemblance to the Republican front runner’s last name.
The Yiddish word comes from the Polish word for trumpet, and aptly describes Trump, who has been known to brag about anything from his wealth, to his penis size and his wife’s looks, writes Lev Raphael for the Huffington Post.
One of the definitions of the word is: “A blowhard, a braggart, a blower of his own horn,” according to “The Joys of Yiddish.”
The Republican front runner frequently cites his wealth as one of the reasons voters should support him.
At a presidential debate in September, Trump introduced himself by bragging about his earnings.
“I’m Donald Trump, I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ I say not in a braggadocious way: I’ve made billions of billions of dollars making deals all over the world, and I want to put that talent to work for this country,” he said.
Last week Trump was criticized for sharing a post on Twitter that contained a picture of his wife, Melania Trump, next to an unflattering image of Heidi Cruz, the wife of Republican candidate Ted Cruz.
“@Don_Vito_08: “A picture is worth a thousand words” @realDonaldTrump#LyingTed#NeverCruz@MELANIATRUMPpic.twitter.com/5bvVEwMVF8”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
Trump’s critics have been mocking him by using an alternate spelling of his last name, Drumpf, which comedian John Oliver claimed was the candidate’s family name before it was anglicized.
Josefin Dolsten is a news fellow at the Forward. She writes about politics and culture, and edits the Sisterhood blog. She received an MA in Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Government from Cornell University. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter at @josefindolsten .