Jokes, Riddles & Tongue Twisters







To Egg On

Ever wonder where the phrase "to egg on" came from?  The phrase means to encourage someone to do something -- usually something risky or foolish. 

Strangely enough, the origin of the phrase has nothing whatsoever to do with eggs!  Instead it comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tongue, where the term eggian meant to spur on (as in "eggian" your horse!)  The Old Norse tongue had a similar term with a similar meaning.  Eggja meant "to incite".  When the terms drifted into the English language, they were transformed into the English phrase "to egg on" -- literally to spur or incite someone to do something!

 

Comments

Finally, someone who says it like it is! Thanks, keep doing what you are doing.

Post a comment

All comments are moderated and must be approved by the site owner. Until then, comments WILL NOT appear on the entry. Thanks for waiting.

About the Author   |   The Spooky Series   |    Facebook Page   |    Folklore Resources   |   Folklore stories A-Z   |   Reprints/Permissions
Comments; the appearing and disappearing 

worm!Comments? Email us at webmaster@americanfolklore.net

©| S.E. Schlosser 1997 - 2020.

This site is best viewed while eating marshmallows around a campfire under a starry sky.