from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Rough common sense; keenness of intellect; understanding.
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They are trying to get me to show a little—I believe Uncle calls it ‘rumgumption.’
And then on to ruminant, which verified my initial rumgumption about the cud-chewing, but included, also, a reference to the "ruminantia," which are "a division of even-toed, hoofed mammals" including some which do not chew the cud!
I say "almost" because immediately above the target word were: rumgumption (which in Scotland and in the north of England means ` keeness or shrewdness ') and rumfustian (` a hot drink composed of strong beer, white wine or sherry, gin, egg yolks, sugar and spices').
"Hootoot, Mr. Sutherlan ', ye micht gie me credit for raither mair rumgumption nor that comes till.