MEANING: noun:
1. A gun-carrying criminal.
2. A tramp’s young intimate companion.

ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of the Yiddish genzel (gosling) influenced by the word gun. Ultimately from the Indo-European root ghans- (goose), which also gave us goose, gosling, and gander. Earliest documented use: 1914.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. -Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire, preacher, journalist, and activist (1802-1861)


HUNSEL - His fairy-tale stepmother took him to the forest to losehim, buthe savedhimself by letting down his golden hair

GURNSEL - a little wheeled stretcher

GUNSELF - I'm really a big shot!