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To have aplomb (a-plahm), is to be confident and self-assured, even in the face of chaos. It is not to have a juicy little piece of purple or green fruit. That would be to have a plum. That's a whole other thing. It is possible, however, to eat a plum with great aplomb, meaning, without getting pulp all over your face, grunting like a pig, and waving your arms in the air and shouting, "I love this luscious piece of fruit!" That would clearly be considered eating a plum without aplomb, something one should never engage in when in proper society. If, however, you want to eat plums without aplomb in the privacy of your own kitchen, knock yourself out. Well, don't really knock yourself out. That's just an expression. Perhaps we'll get into that later; but, do have a good time, nonetheless.
Many politicians practice excellent aplomb under pressure. People who have to go to court to testify are urged to use aplomb. Actors who win Oscars (Academy Awards) seldom exercise aplomb. More often than not, they get up there and go crazy because they generally don't expect to win and are caught by surprise and are overwhelmed and find it difficult to control their emotions.
Below are two examples; one of someone with aplomb; one without:
Hmmmm . . . can you tell who is acting with great aplomb? I bet you can! You are clever because you are one of Clive's tribe!
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."