Word of the Day: Gumption

/ɡəmpSH(ə)n/, noun: 1. bold or spirited initiative and resourcefulness “A person filled with gumption doesn’t sit around dissipating and stewing about things. He’s at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes. That’s gumption.” Robert M. Pirsig,1928 – 2. common sense “…Anyone with gumption and a sharp mind will take the measure of two things: what’s said and what’s done…” (lines 287-289). Beowulf, translation by Seamus Heaney,1939 – 2013