Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Oct 1 22:33:27 UTC 2002

Yes, the movie was specifically mentioned. Plus the sense was not so much
foolish or stupid, but more having been a witness to great things without
being a contributor.

> Was he consciously using it in reference to Forrest Gump? I
> had thought
> that the character's name, like that of Andy Gump, was "Gump"
> because of
> the term "gump" meaning 'foolish or stupid person' .
> At 08:23 PM 9/30/02 -0700, Dave Wilton wrote:
> >While having lunch with business associates today, one
> referred to a mutual
> >acquaintance as "a gump." The person in question is a
> software executive of
> >low-to-mediocre skills and talents who has a history of
> being present when
> >others do great things and reaping the benefits, despite his having
> >contributed little or nothing--much like the fictional
> character Forrest
> >Gump is present for many great historical events.
> >
> >I've never heard this used before.

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