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Sigogglin, A new old word

Sigogglin clocktower photo by Shamarie Claiborne.

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Maury Lewis sends this fromWikipedia, which carries this entry, "Sigogglin is an archaic word meaning "to lean forward to the right and listen carefully.'It is used in parts of Appalachia (Eastern U.S.) that means skewed to the side, or out of balance." CM was using the word in its true, or Appalachian sense, of course. Sigoggle ought to mean "appraising members of the opposite sex out of corners of eyes from parked cars at the Circle R, Avalon, Gene's Freeze, or Southside Restaurants in the 1950s and 1960s."

If a ruling is made by neologist Oral Hancock on sigoggle, it will be posted at a later date. We may have to wait until the First Monday in 2009, maybe not--Oral can make decisions without eight other dangerous colleagues.



This story was posted on 2008-10-11 07:55:19
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