The guts of it

December 2009

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The guts of it

Volume 38, No.12, December 2009 Pages 949-949

Rachel Lee

Society and the English language afford ‘guts’ almost independent sentient being status. Long considered the source of courage, ‘that took guts’; determination, ‘what a gutsy effort’; and instinct or intuition, ‘I had a gut feeling’, the guts have also been an emotional powerhouse – disappointment is likened to ‘being kicked in the guts’ and an intense dislike for someone can be summed up by ‘I hate your guts’.

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