Every language has a word for hard work. In English, we sometimes call it “energy” or “effort.” We have another expression representing hard work, but it isn’t a real word. The expression is “oomph.” “Oomph” is what we say when we’re lifting a heavy sofa, for example. Or maybe trying to loosen a stubborn lug-nut when changing a flat tire.
You might hear someone say, “You need to put a little ‘oomph’ into it.” That means you need to try harder. Exert yourself.
I was reminded of this expression when someone sent me this graphic the other day.
Now, Americans often say that just “trying” alone isn’t usually enough for success. You have to work hard to succeed. And that’s the meaning behind this message.
I like it when expressions sound like what they mean. Remember that the next time you’re working hard but not quite succeeding. Maybe you just need to put a little more oomph into it!