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#1 2006-03-28 22:28:28
Registered: 2006-03-28
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"to lie like a trouper" for "to lie like a trooper"

Seen in the wild in this Usenet article ( … e3ad29084e ):

Message-ID: <>
From: (Wayne Throop)
Newsgroups: rec.arts.sf.written
Subject: Re: The downfall of america
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 18:49:13 GMT

:: while lying like a trooper.

: (Wayne Throop)
: Ahem. A baseless calumny, I assure you.

Oh… and plus which, I always thought that was “trouper”.

Neither troopers nor troupers are noted for truthiness (thus the semantic reanalysis needed for an eggcorn), but Roget’s International Thesaurus, 1922, at for “544. Falsehood”, says

VERB: BE FALSE etc. adj., be a liar [See Deceiver]; speak falsely etc. adv.; tell a lie [See Untruth]; lie, fib; lie like a trooper; swear falsely, forswear, perjure oneself, bear false witness.



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