09 September 2008

All Agog In Rotterdam

I came across the word 'agog' in th Terry Pratchett's latest merry-making novel.

We keep hearing that word but what are the origins of that word?

This was not a in-depth search on my side. I looked up handy speed dial tools - Etymology Online and Dictionary.com.

According to the latter, it means "
full of excitement or interest; eager, keen". Actually it can be used as an adjective or adverb and thus the meaning will vary just a tad, depending of the usage.

And Etymology Online states that the word derives from Old French - " ... en gogues "in jest, good humor, joyfulness," from gogue "fun," ..."