Jasm vs Jasp - What's the difference?

jasm | jasp |

As nouns the difference between jasm and jasp

is that jasm is (archaic|us|slang) zest for accomplishment; drive while jasp is .




(en noun)
  • (archaic, US, slang) Zest for accomplishment; drive.
  • :* Jeremy has the kind of jasm a junior exec needs to reach the top of the ladder in the corporate world.
  • (archaic) Jazz.
  • Quotations

    * 1863 , Josiah Gilbert Holland, Miss Gilbert's Career: An American Story , page 350, Charles Scribner's Sons *: “Yes, sir''.  No mistake about that.  Oh! she's just as full of ''jasm !” *: Frank Sargent laughed again.  “You've got the start of me,” said he.  “Now tell me what ‘jasm’ is.” *: “Well, it’s a sort of word, I guess, that made itself,” said Cheek.  “It’s a good one though—jasm is. If you’ll take thunder and lightning, and a steamboat and a buzz-saw, and mix ’em up, and put ’em into a woman, that’s jasm.” *2004 June 30, Elizabeth Cooper, Drusilla with a Million , page 197, Kessinger Publishing *: I don’t think there is anything more pitiful than a man, who has been in business for himself, to have to give up and say he is a failure. It hurts to be compelled to go into some one’s shop as a clerk or a mechanic when you’ve once been your own master. It’ll put jasm into a lot of men that have lost their nerve and only need some one to set them straight.


    *1951 , Mathews’ Dictionary of Americanisms *1997 , Historical Dictionary of American Slang , Random House






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    (Webster 1913)