#atozchallenge -G and H for Gung Ho!

Please forgive the day off yesterday, if you saw my Thursday Haiku you will understand and be overcome with feelings of forgiveness.  I do prefer to finish what I have started, and have newfound respect for this challenge because let’s face it… it has proven to be a challenge to post daily! 

In the spirit of staying on track, I bring you letters G and H together.  It will be like my tiny hiatus yesterday never even happened.  ;)

GUNG HO! – meaning zealous, eager, enthusiastic

Example: Corinne was gung ho about the A-to-Z challenge.

This phrase was apparently coined by General Evans Carlson of the US Marines. Adapted from the Chinese kung (work) and ho (together).

According to www.phrases.org (which has an excellent and enlightening weekly email subscription called a phrase a week that might interest you), the New York Times Magazine had an article in 1942 in which they said:

    “Borrowing an idea from China, Carlson frequently has what he calls ‘kung-hou’ meetings… Problems are threshed out and orders explained.”

In 1943 Life magazine reported:

    “He [Carlson] told them [the Marines] of the motto of the Chinese Co-operatives, Gung Ho. It means Work Together… My motto caught on and they began to call themselves the Gung Ho Battalion.”

Source: www.phrases.org, Copyright © Gary Martin

My G Read: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
My H Read: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

My G Listen: Gov’t Mule – Soulshine (I love the lyrics to this song!)
My H Listen: Harry Chapin – Greatest Stories Live (grew up listening to this album… brings me back.)

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