Trumpery

You’ve just got to love this! From the Oxford English Dictionary.

Definition of trumpery in English:

noun (plural trumperies) [mass noun]

1 Attractive articles of little value or use:

None of your woollen drapery, nor linen drapery, nor any of your frippery or trumpery. I hate ostentation

1.1Practices or beliefs that are superficially or visually appealing but have little real value or worth:

I exposed their ideals as trumpery theatrical trumpery [as modifier]: that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves

adjective

1Showy but worthless:

 

1.1Delusive or shallow:

that trumpery hope which lets us dupe ourselves

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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