Posted on March 12, 2013
“Agogue.” It’s that suffix thingy people use when they want to say someone is the best at something or a leader in some field. I think “pedagogue” is the most popular form of -agogueness. It means “teacher,” but it’s more than that. It means boring, by-the-rules, strict teacher. So, I suppose at one time, long ago, people might’ve run around the faculty room going…
“Don’t be such a pedagogue.”
It was supposed to be insulting. But, I disagree. I think agogue-ish words are beautiful.
I like the way they sound. So, it upsets me that we don’t use them more. Okay, upsets is too strong. It aw-shucks-es me that we don’t throw the “agogues” around with abandon. Today, I break the rules and set them all free.
Join me. I mean it’s just so fun.
Think about it.
We could use awesome words like…
“He’s a total Pop-agogue.”
“Yeah, a Popagogue. Someone who’s really into pop culture like a Perez Hilton, which is -of course- different then a Pope-agogue.”
“A Popegogue is what…”
“Someone who’s really into the pope.”
“Who’s on first?”
See? Fun. Or we could use the term Blogagogue, which would be more than just someone who knows a lot about blogs. It would be more like a blog, know-it-all. The gogue is always a touch worse than the expert. The gogue is a pain in the ass.
How about a “bore-agogue.” This is anyone who is an expert in exceptionally boring things and who presents them in an exceptionally boring way. You know, like a paper or minerals expert. Someone who got his degree in “printer ink cartridges.” Something like that.
Then we could of course discuss the dual purpose – CLOGAGOGUE.
A clogagogue is either a clog expert OR a plumbing expert. And then of course if you have someone who is both a plumber master AND and an expert in clogs…well, then your head explodes.
There’s the dog-agogue. Veterinarians are those. Cesar Milan is one.
And the…SMOGAGOGUE. A smogagogue delights in China’s little problems, just as much as LA’s. He or she typically has a portfolio filled with these:
You can also spell “agogue” differently. “Agog” is also acceptable.
Now, the “agog” of course leads us to think about one thing THE…
The EggNogAgog -as far as experts go- is typically a delightful or obnoxious fellow depending on how deep the EggNogAgog gets into his area of adroit-a-tude. (That’s a word, right?)
This guy is an EGGNOGAGOG.
You can also study an “agogy” of something.
The people who study “Frogagogy” -surprisingly- know very little about frogs and everything about princes.
Lastly, we have the “Demagogue,” which would be an expert in Demis and/ or Democracies.
Feel free to add your 2Centsagogue in the area below. Hey, it’s worth something here.
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