aplomb [uh-plom, uh-pluhm]

–noun

1. imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance.
2. the perpendicular, or vertical, position.

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I love how words are formed. In this instance, to go from the name of a metal (lead; L. plumbum) to a state of being.

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