to break wind. It is still used in polite circles and families.
Two trumpers of some note were King Henry the Eighth and the present
monarch Queen Elizabeth, or to give her married name Betty Battenburg.
Of course in the company of these nobles it is wise to act as though nothing
had happened if they were to trump.
But I must relate an occasion when the Queen was seated next to a head of
state at a grand dinner in his honour when she let out a real rip-roarer.
Even she had to make same comment and turning her head she addressed her
footman who stood nearby and said, James stop that.
James bent down towards her and in a measured voice said, yes ma’am which way did it go?