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Etymology

The term "Mugwump" refers to a leader, derived from an Algonquian (a language of one of the American Indian tribes) word meaning "great chief." But over the years, a number of interesting definitions have evolved for this strange word, some more flattering than others.At one time or another the term referred to a leader who stayed aloof from controversy, a somewhat humorous name for a person in authority who thinks they are more important than they are, and even a political term during the late 1800s in the US suggesting someone who "sits on the fence," with their "mug" on one side and their "wump" on the other side (the phrase "sit on the fence" indicating an inability to take a position one way or the other).

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