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Sunday, May 26, 2002

acumen

\uh-KYOO-muhn; AK-yuh-muhn\ , noun;
1.
Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
Quotes:
With Leo's rare combination of editorial acumen and business know-how, he might have become a publishing giant had he not permitted his drinking and gambling to hold him back.
-- Ellis Amburn, Subterranean Kerouac: The Hidden Life of Jack Kerouac
The family store gave him a sharp business acumen -- acquired, he would say, by manning the cash register -- that few of his rivals possessed.
-- David Schiff, "Who Was That Masked Composer?", The Atlantic, January 2000
Origin:
Acumen comes from Latin acumen, "the sharp point of something; sharpness of understanding; cunning," from acuere, "to sharpen."
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