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  • Derided in the press as "little Mugwumps," mugquomp being an Algonquin Indian word for "chief," they began to call themselves Mugwumps with pride.

    The Atlantic | July/August 2001 | Mark Twain's Reconstruction | Blount Jr.

  • The heart of it consists of neologisms, invented or imported words that previously had no meaning at all, such as mugwump (from Natick (American Indian) mugquomp), or words which existed as proper names before but since a certain event have become generic terms, such as Watergate (for ` scandal unsuccessfully denied ') derived from the hotel building in Washington,

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 1

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