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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

gumption

\GUHMP-shuhn\ , noun;
1.
Initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness.
2.
Courage; spunk; guts.
Quotes:
I've had the gumption to make the money, but I haven't the gumption to spend it.
-- Anthony Trollope, Dr. Thorne
You're just one of those sweet boobs without any gumption to fight back.
-- Fannie Hurst, The stories of Fannie Hurst
Origin:
Gumption comes from a Scottish term, possibly deriving from the Old Norse gaumr, "attention, heed."
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