Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATEMENT THAT TRUMP MADE THAT INCLUDES THE WORD "UP-PLAYED"
From https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/15/1977743/--I-up-played-it-In-ABC-town-hall-Trump-denies-minimizing-pandemic-threat 'I up-played it'....In ABC town hall, Trump denies minimizing pandemic threat #TrumpLied200KDied
Here's a comment from the discussion thread of that dailykos article:
"Trump played up playing up of a couple of travel restrictions. He doesn’t compare any outcome stats the US failed at and attacks those that do, including better proven public health experts and info, That’s his idea of playing, so in his mind, he isn’t lying, and those dead aren’t him or the markets anyway".
Click https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TrumpTownHall for tweets and video clips about that Town Hall (including that particular question and Trump's response.)
IS "UP-PLAY" A REAL WORD AND, IF SO, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
To my surprise "up-play" may actually be a real word, or, at least it's found on urbandictionary.com, a website that presents definitions of (mostly) English vernacular words."
Here's that definition from https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=up-play
This is the only Google Search result that I received for the word "up-play":
I assume that Trump didn't mean that definition when he said that "in many ways, I up-played it, in terms of action..."
I think that Trump may have meant the term "played up". This is the term that I got from Google Search when I entered the words "up-play". However, if Trump meant that he "played up" the actions he took to counter this pandemic, most of the definitions of "played up" are still quite problematic. Even if Trump meant the positive definition of "played up" that is given in Excerpt #2 "f you play up something, you emphasize it and try to make people believe that it is important", that doesn't fit what Trump did and is doing with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic.
DEFINITIONS OF "PLAYED UP"
The three dictionary sources that quoted are given in no particular order. Numbers are added for referencing purpose only.
INTRANSITIVE/TRANSITIVE to cause difficulties or pain for someone
DEFINITION OF "DOWN PLAY"
The young African American woman who asked the question at that Town Hall which prompted Trump to respond with the (probably misspoken) word "up-play" instead of "play up") used the word "down play" in their question to Trump.
Here's a definition of that word from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/downplay
Hopefully, on November 4th, 2020 or soon afterwards, the United States would have elected Joe Biden and we won't have to worry about made up words, or accidentally or purposely misused words such as "up-play".
UPDATE: September 16, 2020
In that same September 15, 2020 Town Hall, Trump indicated that the pandemic would go away because of "herd mentality". Trump probably meant "herd immunity". This is a serious matter and much more disastrous than his misspoken word "up-play".
" You’ll develop like a herd mentality,” Trump explained. “It’s gonna be herd-developed and that’s gonna happen.”
Herd mentality is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the tendency of the people in a group to think and behave in ways that conform with others in the group rather than as individuals.”
Herd immunity is when enough people are immune to a virus that it’s no longer able to effectively spread. It can happen either from a vaccine or from so many people getting sick that the virus runs out of people to infect.
Last month, The Washington Post estimated that a herd immunity strategy without a vaccine would lead to nearly 3 million deaths in the United States.
Twitter users were stunned by both Trump’s inability to tell the difference as well as the idea that the president may be entertaining herd immunity as a public health strategy"... https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-herd-mentality_n_5f618e1ac5b6e27db134a42b Trump’s Bonkers Coronavirus ‘Herd Mentality’ Claim Lights Up Twitter The president’s wild night at a town hall took an unexpected turn. by Ed Mazza, September 16, 2020
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