A word is now missing, from our English vernacular.
A quite regular word, nothing spectacular.
It didn’t get lost, just dropped by the wayside.
A verb or noun, now associated with false pride.
Now perhaps you are thinking, of what word does he write?
I almost shudder to say it, for it now gives me fright.
As a verb it means to outrank or defeat
As a noun from a card game some play so sweet
Have you got it down yet, no, of course it’s departed
from our collective psyches, now don’t get me started.
This word, it didn’t just suddenly disappear
It’s disappearance has taken just over a year.
There were asses and elephants as part of this circus.
Then we all began to understand just what a jerk is.
As the year progressed, it was down to just two,
what is her name and you know who.
Sadly that Brooklyn guy was left out unfairly,
aren’t these races fair, no actually quite rarely?
Here we are now in twenty seventeen,
so many among us know what I mean.
So while we’d like to forget this missing verb or noun
there are times to use the word of only plain renown.
We can surely avoid it, if we truly must
As a surname it’s one we cannot trust.
And so this word, soon to speak again with glee
My hope is soon, the name attached will go out of history.