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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!


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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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