Oust is wonderful journalese, very much in the news as Ouster-in-Chief Trump puts his old show-biz line, “You’re fired!” to use every other day. Latest, of course, to get the boot is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. What makes “oust” so popular is that it’s short and sweet for a headline. And making it qualify for listing as journalese is that it’s never used in ordinary conversation. When did you last hear someone say, “Well, Trump ousted another former pal today…” A search in Thesaurus.com turns up 41 synonyms for “oust” and there are even some not listed, such as dump and replace.
File under: But wait, there will be more.