Short for Trotskyist
but not always an offensive
by opponents of Trotskyism of both left
and right persuasions (usually
as a descriptive noun, "the trots").
In some settings, such as the National Union of Students, the insult is so pervasive that anyone to the left
of Hitler is liable to be labelled a "trot" at one point or another, because the NUS right-wing associate any challenge to their rule with a conspiracy allegedly initiated by a long-defunct Trotskyist
group called Socialist Organiser.
The term also crops up sometimes
in anarchist and ecological attacks on Trotskyists. It is also occasionally used
by Trotskyists themselves, apparently as a "reclaimed" term, only
heard within the Trotskyist
this is contentious and some reject the term completely.
Its derogatory implications
probably come from its associations with the trots
in its other sense.