Monday, 26 March 2012


If the sight of a jogger jogging in the park jogs your memory, that is thorougly appropriate. To jog originally meant to jerk. So if your memory receives a jolt, it is jogged, as in the tract of 1778: An Antidote to Popery; or, the Protestant's Memory jogg'd in Season.

However, if what happens if you jerk and jolt yourself repeatedly? Well, obviously you could just add the frequentative suffix -le and get joggle. But you might find yourself moving along in little jolts, or as Dr Johnson put it in his dictionary:

Jog: to move with small shocks like those of a low trot.

So a joggling jogger who jogs your memory, is all one verb jogging around the language. However, it has no relation to juggling - which is actually a cognate of jocular.

Etymologically unnecessary.


  1. So every time I see a joggling jogger they'll jog my memory of a juggling jogger from a blogging... er, blogger.


  2. Everytime i see a jogger i used to think 'what a jerk' now it's even mor apt. If they still have some energy after jogging maybe they can 'jerk off'!.......

    Laurie -