Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 13 06:28:25 UTC 2009

I haven't. But I do recall a Sunday comic named The Gumps. The members of
the Gump family differed from ordinary people only to the extent that they
were chinless.


On Sat, Dec 12, 2009 at 6:17 AM, Randy Alexander
<strangeguitars at>wrote:

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> I have some kids reading The Marvelous Land of Oz, and in that book there
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> an elk-like creature called a "gump".  In the OED, I only see this word
> referring to 1) a dolt, 2) a chicken, and 3) a short form of "gumption".
> Has anyone seen this word referring to an elk-like animal anywhere else?
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