Wednesday, April 28, 2010

COLLOGUE, C-O-L-L-O-G-U-E, COLLOGUE [Our Terms]

collogue • \kuh-LOHG\  • verb
1 : intrigue, conspire
2 : to talk privately : confer

Example Sentence:
"If there was noise, as there often was even at dawn -- a huddle of men colloguing, a woman deliriously chanting the Mysteries -- his arrival would cause much of it to die." (Joseph O'Connor, Star of the Sea)

Did you know?
"Collogue" has been with us since the 17th century, but beyond that little is known about its origin. In Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary, he defined "collogue" as "to wheedle, to flatter; to please with kind words." The "intrigue or conspire" meaning of "collogue" was also common in Johnson's day, but Johnson missed it; his oversight suggests that sense of the word was probably part of a dialect unfamiliar to him. The earliest known use of the "confer" sense of the word is found in an 1811 letter by Sir Walter Scott: "We shall meet and collogue upon it."

Shut up!  We'll collogue about that later when she's not within earshot.  

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