Agog - #481

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Jan 13 2019 13

Today's word of the day is agog. It's spelled A-G-O-G. Agog is an adjective that means full of interest or excitement.

The origin of agog seems to be the French phrase en gogues (en GOG) which means in good humor. But agog's meaning has shifted a little over the years. A person may be agog -- meaning full of interest or excitement -- without necessarily being in a good mood. 

For example: When our supervisor announced there were big changes ahead for the company, everybody was agog for days. We were relieved to learn the changes he had in mind involved replacing the office furniture.

The spelling of agog is A-G-O-G.