Gung ho……

 

In Chinese the word “gung” translates as work, while “ho” means “peace” or “harmony.” It was an abbreviation of “gongye hezhoushe,” the name given in the late 1930s to the industrial cooperatives springing up in rural China. It was adopted by English speakers to mean a “can do” attitude after a Lieutenant Colonel Evans Carlson of the U.S. Marine Corps, inspired by the spirit of the cooperatives, used it as a motto for his battalion. Recently it has developed negative associations and can mean overenthusiastic or needlessly aggressive.

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