Gumption

Gumption gals

That gal’s got gumption! It’s curious to me that I only ever connect this word to females. There’s nothing in it’s meaning to suggest the feminine. The Oxford Dictionary tells us gumption is shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness. It’s from the Scottish, and was first used in the 1700’s. When I hear that definition I think of Mary Poppins, Rosie the Riveter, Amy Farrah Fowler from The Big Bang Theory, or Chummy from Call the Midwife. But to me, the quintessential gal with gumption was “the unsinkable” Molly Brown (you must read this awesome blog post about her). I asked my spouse what he thought of when he heard gumption. He said, “a woman who is ballsy; has get up and go.” Yep, that works. And funny…I only associate gumption with women, and his description includes a very masculine reference, which I don’t recall ever hearing him use before. What about you? Who do you picture when you hear the word gumption?

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