tonight ryan told me i had spunction.
(don't feel bad for not knowing what that means - he made it up!)
i think it was meant to be a sort of mixture of the words spunk & gumption.
and it communicated his meaning perfectly.
no clarification needed.

it reminded me so very much of that part in through the looking glass,
where alice reads the poem jabberwocky:

'twas brillig, and the slithy toves
did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
all mimsy were the borogoves,
and the mome raths outgrabe.
(last stanza only)

 and responds:
"somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas - only i don't exactly know what they are!"
i think we're going to start making up more words around here,
for when we just can't find the right ones.