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POGO

[poh-goh]
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  1. Polar Orbiting Geophysical Observatory.
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pogo

verb pogos, pogoing or pogoed
  1. (intr) to jump up and down in one spot, as in a punk dance of the 1970s
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Derived Formspogoer, noun

Word Origin

C20: from pogo stick; from the motion
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Word Origin and History for pogo

n.

1921, originally a registered trademark (Germany, 1919), of unknown origin, perhaps formed from elements of the names of the designers.

Hopping Stilts Are the New French Playthings. ... For France and especially Paris has taken to the "pogo" stick, a stick equipped with two rests for the feet. Inside of the stick is a strong spring so that the "pogoer" may take a series of jumps without straining his powers. The doctors claim that the jarring produced by the successive jumps do not serve to injure the spine, as one might at first suppose. This jumping habit is spreading through France and England and the eastern part of the United States. ["Illustrated World," Sept., 1921]

The fad periodically returned in U.S., but with fading intensity. As a leaping style of punk dance, attested from 1977. The newspaper comic strip by Walt Kelly debuted in 1948 and ran daily through 1975.

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