traitor » trader

Classification: English – /t/-flapping

Spotted in the wild:

  • Benidict Arnold, is he a trader? First let me say that I think he was a trader to Americans, I want to know if there is anyone out there that can stand up for him? (History Channel discussion forum)
  • Hmmmmmm Kerry speaking to other foreign leaders while we have troops in harms way. Lets see oh Senator Kerry…lets see I think thats called treason…underminding a President oh and if you are a Senator its treason. So Kerry is either a liar or a trader. (History Channel discussion forum)
  • To betray is to commit treason against; to be a trader. To be false or disloyal to. (link)

Presumably, the notion of exchanging something for something (allegiance to one’s country for allegiance to another master) comes into this.

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2004/12/07 |

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