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Now when Spunk and I get to training—oh, and you haven't seen Spunk!

"Of course Billy's got Spunk, but—" he hesitated, and smiled a little.

As to Spunk's name—it was not Mrs. Stetson's fault that even that was left undisturbed.

And that reminds me, I wonder how Spunk will get along with Spunkie.

The Spunk pretended to be shying—put on the rags as if he was going to try legs with the Devastation.

Spunk had an inquisitive nose or paw for each new dish placed before his mistress; and Billy spent much time admonishing him.

The first stroke of his brush against the canvas was to Spunk a challenge; and Spunk never refused a challenge.

All these, together with a canary, and a kitten as near like Spunk as could be obtained, made Billy's household.

"He treats me exactly as he treated poor little Spunk that first night," Billy declared hotly to herself.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "a spark," Scottish, from Gaelic spong "tinder, pith, sponge," from Latin spongia (see sponge). The sense of "courage, pluck, mettle" is first attested 1773. A similar sense evolution took place in cognate Irish sponnc "sponge, tinder, spark, courage, spunk." Vulgar slang sense of "seminal fluid" is recorded from c.1888.

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