Merriam-Webster dictionary politely tells Donald Trump that “prime the pump” has been around since 1933. Trump The Economist magazine that he invented the centuries-old phrase, which he claimed “I came up with it a couple of days ago.”
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) May 11, 2017
Um, this is what happens when you don’t open a book but try to pretend that you are really, really smart.
Here’s the exchange with Economist:
We interviewed Donald Trump. He tested our knowledge of econ-jargon. pic.twitter.com/NIuubSy8vj
— Tom Nuttall (@tom_nuttall) May 11, 2017
Reaction on Twitter:
"Prime the pump" was not invented by you it was used in 1933
— Stephen Mattina (@mattina817) May 11, 2017
— Patrick JN (@JonWain33) May 11, 2017
Trump claims he just invented the phrase 'prime the pump' in an interview with The Economist.
The dictionary: https://t.co/N81TQucA15
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 11, 2017
Asking Economist if he has heard “prime the pump” is like asking Sports Illustrated writers if they’ve heard of “RBIs”
— InxsySparxs (@InxsyS) May 11, 2017
He is not well. https://t.co/Dp6et26wBc
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) May 11, 2017
I don't know much about pumps, but I suspect anyone who coined 'prime the pump' now has probably missed decades of self-priming pumps.
— Matthew Holland (@QuixoticEvil) May 11, 2017
— T.L. Adams, Writer (@TLAdamsWrites) May 11, 2017