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Chris -- 2015-05-30
Seen in the wild in this Usenet article ( http://groups.google.com/group/rec.arts … e3ad29084e ):
From: email@example.com (Wayne Throop)
Subject: Re: The downfall of america
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 18:49:13 GMT
:: while lying like a trooper.
: firstname.lastname@example.org (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 http://www.bartleby.com/110/544.html 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.