Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:
When we talk about acumen (pronounced a-KYOO-min or ACK-yuh-min), we are identifying a kind of practical intelligence, the ability to understand a situation keenly and quickly and form a workable judgment. Shrewdness is a synonym. We frequently encounter the phrase business acumen, because in the business world the ability to quickly size up a situation and take appropriate action is a highly prized trait.
The Latin acuere, "to sharpen," is also the root word for acute.