Agoggery

Don’t you just love it when our nouns and adjectives become verbs. Perhaps it’s a natural result of our incessant penchants for “fixing” things and amusing ourselves. Maybe it’s just creative writing. In jest. In fun. With merriment.
Once upon a time there was someone named Aaron Gog who blogged on his own site called “agoggery.” (It was very creative, by the way. I don’t know why he stopped.)
Now up jumps Joseph Curl at the Washington Times with…you guessed it…agoggery!!!! This was in an article referring to the left and Obama’s tax increases, “So this week, as taxes went up for millions of Americans — which Republicans predicted throughout the campaign would happen — it was fun to watch the agoggery of the left.”
If Mr. Curl meant to make use of the word agog, meaning anticipation or eagerness, he is mis-reading the left. I think agoggery in this instance should mean astonishment and/or shock! But this is not to analyze or inquire into Curl’s op.ed. This is to explore such a fascinating word as agoggery. Which isn’t even a word as far as I can find out. The Obama believers are clearly not watching with the original derivation of agog which is a word and is from the French en gogue: in merriment! (Mr. Curl evidently is the one whose watching is agog.) One old Webster’s commented that agog “may” be of Celtic origin and meaning “fun.” The Irish in me says, “oh yes, that could be!”
I find that agog can be an adjective or adverb and generally means highly excited via eagerness, anticipation. Intense. Keen. So, here we have an adjective becoming a noun…the inverse of that with which I started. And all the definitions I found included excitement and eagerness among whatever else…such as stirred up and astir. Various forms of desire were used but always in conjunction with eager. Well, enough. I won’t go where my Celtic sense of fun wants to take that! In jest. In fun. With merriment.

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