Good Evening! I really hope I can squeeze this in under the wire. I have “about 1 hour left to tweet”. Here comes my RT Roundup for Gumption
I confess to having rather skimmed through the offerings for today. Been out, about and away from a computer.
One popular play for today has been on Forest Gump – here’s what I think was the first, from our intrepid Brazilian artwiculator:
RT @osmarjardim Forest Gumption. #TwoWordWinnerTweetIfManyRTit.
The WOTD deinitely stimulated the punny (sic) bones and idiom-play brain lobes of many an Artwiculati. Some of my favourites:
RT @harrarp Gumption. This is gonna take some guts.
RT @navinsasikumar Why was gumption a good business? Because nerve cells
RT @baccatum How can you admire the eel’s gumption? the clam admonished the jellyfish. “Come on, I’m the one who has true grit.”
RT @kado56 “Master Harry’s pony lasted the hunt. It took some gumption, M’lady.” “Make sure it gives it back later, there’s a good fellow, Harbinger.”
RT @DrMobs I just had a dumbo light bulb moment: the surface cleaner is called Gumption because it’s full of grit. #2neuronsnotconnected
RT @routermonkey In spite of sticking to it, the gummi bear’s gumption was unrewarded. Plagued by hangers-on, he was chewed up & spat out.
RT @Lagadu123 A stiff upper lip is no substitute for gumption
RT @JonPowles Ole Gumption walks into a salon out West and says, loudly “I can out-wit any wordslinger in this here town. ”
We also had the pleasure to read several really clever twisted definitions. Three I particularly liked:
RT @lithiumzombie Goldfish wit: bubble gumption
RT @marcosarroyos Yiddish gumption : Chutzpah
RT @K_Geddings A wise man told me all you need is gumption to skydive but you need a parachute to skydive twice.
I don’t think the WOTD really lent itself to poetry, which didn’t stop people trying, and as ever, some managed really well.
Here come three examples. A haiku from @whole_soup, a limerick from @mw1414 and a serious little tercet from @Wifsie
RT @whole_soup Unchecked gumption leads ~ cats to play as tigers and ~ dogs to attack police #Haiku
RT @mw1414 Keanu made an assumption/ Excess beverage consumption/ Would help him get laid/ Without having paid/ But he had a distinct lack of gumption
RT @Wifsie Cry all you want; say it’s unfair/Then gather your strength, pick up your flair/Gumption and courage will take you there. #artwiculate
Keeping the to the more serious note for a moment, here’s relative newcomer @mazpowles with definition of the WOTD I particularly like.
RT @mazpowles I see true gumption every day. 10 year olds who can’t read or write, surrounded by those who can, still trying.
RT @lippy73 Gumption doesn’t mean not being afraid, it means doing what needs done despite the fear. #artwiculate
RT @MaxRaunchiness It doesn’t take gumption to make a conquest. It takes perseverance.
Not entirely sure how serious @MaxRaunchiness was being in that last one, but “many a true word spoken in jest.”
I liked @BurningHawk1969’s use of several previous WOTDs in this next one:
RT @BurningHawk1969 It took lots of gumption for the niveous virago to scale Everest; she proved lissome enough, however. #artwiculate
And the alliteration in the next from @pn8r
RT @pn8r ? Conjunction junction, what’s your function? ? Hooking up words and phrases with gumption. ?
[The original had little musical notes instead of queries.]
To wind up, two tweets that may reference my own (interminable) WOTD inspired story. Or maybe I’m just flattering myself.
RT @mazpowles @JonPowles I could have sworn I’d played Mrs Gumption at some point in the early 90s
RT @Tralala56 Mrs Gumption did it in the library with the dagger #cluedo #artwiculate
And so we close for the day. Cheerio folks!
Revisited and revised for polish, spelling and SEO fine-tuning and addition of new featured image, 22 March 2017.