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    chump

    Hello,

    I am not able to understand the meaning of these two phrases with 'chump' in them.

    I came across this line in some movie:

    We have been chumped right from the beginning.
    From the context, it seems that it means that we have been deceived. Is this correct?

    I also came across another phrase:

    It is not chump change.
    What does it mean?

    Thank you.

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    Re: chump

    A chump is a stupid person. I don't think you can use the word, properly or traditionally, as a verb or an adjective, but in these informal constructions, it would be understood as you have suggested in the first instance (deceived, taken for fools/chumps).

    The second use is less clear. Stupid change? I think the writer means to say, "It's not insignificant change" - he may have bought a candy bar with a $100 bill and forgot to get his change? Oh, come to think of it, that is pretty stupid. Chump!

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    Re: chump

    Thank you jlinger and RonBee.

    jlinger, chump change was not that obvious. I wonder if we can use 'chump change' for the change of the president. Or, perhaps it should be 'change the chump'. Sorry, if it does not make sense.

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    Re: chump

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympian View Post
    Thank you jlinger and RonBee.

    jlinger, chump change was not that obvious. I wonder if we can use 'chump change' for the change of the president. Or, perhaps it should be 'change the chump'. Sorry, if it does not make sense.
    For the first one, no. For the second one, not unless you want to be disrespectful to Mr. Bush. (No, it doesn't really make sense.)


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    Re: chump

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    For the first one, no. For the second one, not unless you want to be disrespectful to Mr. Bush. (No, it doesn't really make sense.)

    That was an attempt at humor, but probably not a good one.

    When stand-up comics crack jokes of this sort, are they being disrespectful?
    Perhaps that is not their intention, but they do make their livelihood at the cost of someone else. And it does seem nothing is out-of-bounds to American humorists.

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    What is disrespectful is often a matter of perspective. Anyhow, "Change the chump" wouldn't work very well as humor. (If you call somebody a chump it is a put-down.)


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    OK. Thank you RonBee for explaining.

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