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I started a search of the word “mugwump,” but I certainly
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It was just a funny word I applied to toddlers. I don’t think
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mug·wump

   /ˈmʌgˌwʌmp/ Show Spelled[muhg-wuhmp] Show IPA

–noun 1. a Republican who refused to support the party nominee, James G. Blaine, in the presidential campaign of 1884.

2. a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, especially in
politics; a person who is neutral on a controversial issue.

Origin: 1830–35, Americanism ; artificial 19th-cent. revival of Massachusett (E spelling)
mugquomp,  syncopated form of muggumquomp  war leader (equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *memekw-  perhaps, swift + *-a·pe·w  man)

—Related forms

mug·wump·er·y, mug·wump·ism, noun
mug·wump·i·an, adjective
mug·wump·ish, adjective
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