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A.Word.A.Day--mugwumpPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
mugwump (MUG-wump) noun
1. A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
2. Often Mugwump. A Republican who bolted the party in 1884, refusing to support presidential candidate James G. Blaine.
[Massachusett mugquomp, mummugquomp, war leader.]
"Mr. and Mrs. America are hopelessly moderate mugwumps, difference-splitters par excellence." Chris Tucker, Middle class sees few fringe benefits, The Dallas Morning News, 26 Apr 1998.
mugwump, n. In politics one afflicted with self-respect and addicted to the vice of independence. A term of contempt. [From The Devil's Dictionary]
This week's theme: Words from The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce.
X-BonusTo see things in the seed, that is genius. -Lao-tzu