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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2017-08-30 09:35:30

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1581

How to avoid the trappings of success

“How have you managed to avoid the trappings of fame at such a young age?” By not yet having been paid, I presume. I heard that question asked on the radio recently.

Trappings is related to drapings via an Anglo-Norman word for cloth. In Quebec, we still change the draps on the bed. Trappings were originally the ornamentation or the harness on a horse; the word wound its way through Anglo-Norman, from Med. Latin, Frankish, Germanic, and ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *drāp-, *drāb- (“rag”), according to Wiktionary. Confusing trappings with traps seems to be a fairly common pitfall on the web. I don’t think it’s an eggcorn, but more a piquant malapropism.

Without the kind of blueblood blueprint that dictates etiquette that old-monied families in Europe or America follow, the children of these newly rich families (the eldest, who are the same age as Ivanka) have fallen into the trappings of those with too high a credit card limit and not enough taste. … popularity

Despite the fact that her father has so relished in projecting an image of lavish, flamboyant wealth, Ivanka has not fell into the trappings of what Chinese consider “rich kid” behavior. … popularity

No one tells you how to avoid the trappings of success. That you figure out by brutally going through experiences. … 5&t=409244

The actor credits his close-knit family for his down-to-earth demeanor and ability to avoid the trappings of success.
“I can’t go too far off the handle because my mother lives five minutes away,” he said. … 023386246/

Do you walk, drive, or fly off the handle?



#2 2017-08-30 10:16:03

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
Posts: 2197

Re: How to avoid the trappings of success

Re the final question, all of the above, I suppose.

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#3 2017-09-18 16:36:04

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2641

Re: How to avoid the trappings of success

Seems like some kind of confusion is at work.

Hatching new language, one eggcorn at a time.



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