Word of the Day: Mettle
Mettle is a quality of temperament. It refers to courage, fortitude and disposition. Mettle can also mean the “stuff of which a person is made.” The word is a variant spelling of metal, and its origin comes exactly from the allusion to the temper of a sword.
But it’s only after a stumble or failure that a manager or leader shows his or her true mettle. (Business Week)
But several have come upon a new way to test their virtuosic mettle: Amid the latest violin disks, most of which are conventional studio productions, there are several recordings of live performances, issues without cosmetic editing. (NY Times)
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1 Response to “Word of the Day: Mettle”
Mettle can also mean the “stuff of which a person is made.”
So if I say I’m made of mettle, people won’t think I’m a robot (or, more likely, delusional)? 🙂