And the “things” are usually tinged with controversy or are totally despicable.
Quisling, Boycott and Benedict Arnold are examples.
In the not distant future there is going to be an addition to the list.
“trump” will be a description of the condition that a person puts himself or herself into that is obviously, demonstrably, irrevocably and irreversibly putting the person into a situation totally over over the person’s head.
It will also be used as a transactional description of individual acts of utter incompetence.
And in the near future its use will be expanded to mean “sully” as in “the Presidency of the United States has been trumped beyond recall”.
Kinda double entendre-ish, non?