News: If I could, I'd tie my hair up in dreds and live the life of adventure from the high seas to the mountain peaks, gathering gold and jewels and tales of mystery and action :) but for now, I'll just have to do with writing about these things as if they were truly real.

--12 December 2017 --

Quote: Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest of hearts. --Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

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May 10, 2010


Word of the Day for Monday, May 10, 2010

mugwump \MUHG-wuhmp\, noun:
1. A person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.
2. A Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.
Twain declared that people arrive at their religion and politics "Second-hand and without examination," and proclaimed himself a Mugwump and anti-Imperialist. Those of all political persuasions quote and misquote him and claim him as a spokesman for their opposing views.
-- Cindy Lovell, Mark Twain's legacy worth preserving, Kansas City Star
It was his boast that he took his liquor and his politics "straight," and it was his creed that if anything was worse than a mugwump it was a bolter.
-- "If I were a man;": the story of a new-southerner, Volume 1889
Mugwump originates in the 19th century as a term for a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884. It is a rough adoption from the Algonquian (tribe native to the Massachusetts region) word muggumquomp, "war leader". In his 1959 novel "Naked Lunch" American author William S. Burroughs uses mugwump as the name of a bizarre creature.


  1. Haha! Will this 'word of the day' kind of post be coming back in the future??

  2. you think it is worth it?


  3. Yes, it's worth it. What's more interesting to writers than words? I have to find a way to use mugwump in conversation.

  4. Mugwump is such a hilarious word! In fact, I was talking to my family about it and my mom suggested that perhaps CS Lewis derived Marshwiggle from this word. It particularly suits the attributes of Puddleglum, when you think of it :P He couldn't make up his mind about anything!


  5. Yes, it's worth it! I thought it was 'Puddleglummish' too. :D


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