This word literally means the edible stomach lining of an animal like a cow. In some countries, it is regarded as a delicacy. Can’t say I was very fond of it despite my mother’s attempts to disguise it in different recipes.
I´ll make you a lovely plate of tripe and onions.
I was not influenced however by the other use, which is negative. Informally, tripe is rubbish or nonsense.
The press just write loads of tripe these days on the subject of freedom of speech.
You are talking tripe Jerry, no one knows what the President took into account when he decided to promote a change in the law.
I suspect that it is losing ground to the more graphic and once offensive terms like bullshit, bull or crap. Still, for those who are not tripe lovers, its derogatory meaning makes sense!