Thursday, February 26, 2009


Definition: (from
1. wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter
2. an area or stretch of such ground
-verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3. to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down)

"I spend my summer days harvesting cranberries from the bog."
"I'm so bogged down with work I decided to move into my office to save time."

Origin: (from
noun: "c.1500, from Gaelic and Irish bogach 'bog,' from adjective bog 'soft, moist,' from PIE *bhugh-, from root *bheugh- 'to bend' (see bow (v.)). Bog-trotter applied to the wild Irish from 1670s."
verb: "'to sink (something or someone) in a bog,' c.1600, from bog (n.). Intransitive use from c.1800."

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Did you know cranberries are grown in a bog? ( )

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