Do You Know What a Mugwump Is?

I didn’t until, not being able to come up with a slice, I took an email break and discovered mugwump in my Word of the Day email. The origin of the word is in the Massachusett and Wampanoag Native American languages. It meant war leader. Surprising, right? It just doesn’t sound warlike at all. It sort of sounds like an inanimate lump, which is closer to the modern usage.

Now it is used to name a person who can’t make up their mind on a controversial issue,
especially in politics, or a person who is neutral on a controversial issue. There may be some tough choices about issues in this election year. The politically-minded among us are already passionately debating the issues and the candidates. The less political cannot be mugwumps this year. We all need to get involved, get educated, and make some choices. Let’s be voters, not mugwumps!

*Word of the Day comes from

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2 Responses to Do You Know What a Mugwump Is?

  1. Ramona says:

    Mugwumps – time to take a stand! Thanks for a fun glimpse of this word from war leader in the past to neutrality on a controversial issue today.

  2. Or, let’s BE mugwumps and lead in this battle for human rights and a positive future!

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