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While I rarely see "gusto and abandon" used in a text, it has popped up in an article I have read yesterday.

The sentence in the article says:

"But before we plunge headfirst into the fray with gusto and abandon, let's pause for a moment"

I have asked a couple of colleagues about it and all they could do is explain the meaning of it, which is "doing something with enthusiasm and without regard to fear"

My interest is knowing how these two words came together? "Gusto" & "abandon" don't seem to fit together.

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Gusto means great energy, enthusiasm, and enjoyment that is experienced by someone taking part in an activity. And abandon is a noun, not a verb, in your sentence. In this context it is a literary synonym for extraordinary enthusiasm. So, we can paraphrase like this: "But before we plunge headfirst into the fray with great energy and enthusiasm, let's pause for a moment".

  • Hello, Enguroo. OP asks about 'how these words came together' – the 'origin' of the string. The question itself gives the meaning 'with enthusiasm and without regard to fear', which you just echo. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 9 '18 at 11:36
  • Hello! Thank you for your comment. I was trying to explain how the words "gusto" and "abandon" came together grammatically first of all. The OP's confusion might have been caused by "abandon", which is used as a noun not so often. – Enguroo Feb 9 '18 at 12:22
  • I think we have to work on the assumption that someone who visits a site aimed at linguists should be able to distinguish the verb and noun forms of 'abandon'. If they don't, the correct place for them to post is ELL (who would also expect them to have looked up the words). – Edwin Ashworth Feb 9 '18 at 12:26
  • Well, anyone is free to visit this site aimed at linguists and ask their questions seeking professional linguistic advice. By the way, a person who writes "I have read yesterday" might happen to be not an experienced linguist... Anyway, if the OP asks any more questions, I'll be happy to answer them. – Enguroo Feb 9 '18 at 12:48
  • But the sister site, ELL, was set up to deal with more basic questions, and there too a modicum of research is expected. Answering off-topic questions here sends the wrong signal to the [potential] user-base. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 9 '18 at 16:28

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