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Donald Trump [Image: Reuters].

I think it’s long enough after the events for This Writer to admit that I used to put acrostics into some of the stories I wrote in newspapers.

An acrostic is a hidden message in a larger text, in which some letters are used to form words – most commonly the first letter in each paragraph.

I wrote acrostics into my stories as an act of rebellion if I was being asked to produce what are known as “puff” pieces – publicity for third parties that have no news value – or if an editor had asked me to obscure the real news value in favour of an angle that was not appropriate. Some of the words I used were very salty indeed but I knew that very few people would realise what I was doing.

Check out the word spelt out by the first letters in each paragraph of the following letter, in which multiple members of Donald Trump’s arts and humanities committee walk out on him:

“Resist.”

Please do, America.


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