Wordy Wednesday: Gamecock

The University of South Carolina mascot is the Gamecock, a nickname also given to Gen. Thomas Sumter.

The University of South Carolina mascot is the Gamecock, a name given to Gen. Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero from South Carolina.

Gamecock.

A gamecock is not just any bird. Saying so would be similar to a person saying that a poodle or any other canine is “just a dog.” Perish the thought!

Gamecocks are known to have spirit and a determination to win at all costs. Some people use gamecocks for fighting, but that’s too terrible to discuss here.

In light of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks’ win over the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl, we are celebrating the spirit of victory. But did you also know that the word “gamecock” has a place in history? Gen. Thomas Sumter of South Carolina earned the nickname during the American Revolution in his determination to conquer the British forces in our state.

Go Gamecocks! We love your spirit!

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