agog


highly interested

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Certainly enough time for the war weary to have shaken off the fact that they had survived it at all … America was AGOG with the exotic splendor and vivacity of faraway places.”

Tom Green - The Untold Story of Everything Digital: Bright Boys, Revisited (2019)


“In 1300 or so, Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant, introduced Europeans to a monetary marvel witnessed in China. The emperor, he wrote, ‘made something like paper, to pass for money all over his country’. Eventually the West also adopted paper money, some six centuries after China invented it. More recent foreign travellers to China have come back AGOG at the next big step for money: the total disappearance of paper, replaced by pixels on phone screens.”

Ken Liang - Reuters - (27 October 2020)

Did you
know?

agog (all agog)
adjective

- very eager or curious to hear or see something

- excited and eager to know or see more

- full of intense interest or excitement

Oxford Languages / Cambridge Dictionary / Merriam Webster


ORIGIN

“Agog” meaning “to be in a state of desire; in a state of imagination" first appeared around 1400, perhaps from Old French en gogues, meaning “in jest, good humour, joyfulness” from gogue “fun”, which is of unknown origin.


BELIEF AND TRUST

National baseball coach Pat Riley gave a speech at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on September 27, 2010, and said:

“There was a great high-wire act [tightrope walker]—a guy named the Great Blondin—back in the mid-1800s who put a wire across Niagara Falls and he had thousands of people that came and watched him… And as he walked across it, he did a bunch of backflips on it and he almost fell and everybody was sort of AGOG that he could have fallen to his death. And when he got to the other side, he looked at the people and he said, ‘Do you believe that I could do it again?’ And they said, ‘Sure, we believe you could do it again.’ And he said, ‘Do you really believe that I could go and do backflips and do it again?’ And they said, ‘Yeah, you could do it again.’ Then he took this wheelbarrow and said, ‘If I take the wheelbarrow and go across, do you believe that I can do it again?’ And they said, ‘Yes.’ And he said, ‘Okay, then you get in the wheelbarrow!’ … (No-one was prepared to get in the wheelbarrow) … The point is that belief is one thing, trust is another.”


SYNONYMS

- marked by curiosity or fascination

absorbed, AGOG, all ears, attentive, beguiled (by), burning (bursting) with curiosity, captivated (by), caught, charmed (by), curious, dazzled, dying to hear (see), engrossed, enraptured, enthralled (by), entranced, expectant, fascinated (by), gripped (by), hooked on, in suspense, intrigued (by), mesmerized (by), on tenterhooks, on the edge of one’s seat, open-mouthed, rapt, riveted (by), spellbound, tantalized, transfixed, twitterpated (by), waiting with bated breath


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