Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Tue Oct 1 22:35:48 UTC 2002

>Please remember that there is a generation or two (and perhaps even
>a side of the Atlantic which believes 'Forrest' is the Ur-form.



>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.

Dennis R. Preston
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