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  • v. To use a pogo stick
  • v. To dance the pogo
  • v. To lift the front wheel of the bicycle in the air and jump up and down on the rear wheel while in a stationary position.
  • n. A dance associated with 1970s punk rock movement in which participants jump up and down on the spot in the manner of someone riding a pogo stick
  • n. corndog on a stick, genericization of the trademark Pogo, which is a hot dog frankfurter weiner on a stick and covered in batter


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  • 1) "Pogo" was apparently an early trademark used for the Pogo stick. George Hansburg created a painted all metal, enclosed-spring pogo stick, which was manufactured in Elmhurst, N.Y., and patented in 1919. Pogoing became a fad in Europe and the U.S. in the early 1920s, and the name "Pogo stick" became genericized.
    2) Walt Kelly ran a wonderful newspaper comic strip "Pogo", starting in 1948 and ran daily through 1975.
    3) In the 1970's, most punk rockers could manage the "Pogo", a dance which involved standing with your feet together and jumping up and down.
    4) "POGO" is a registered trademark of ConAgra Foods Canada Inc. for their hot dog on a stick in batter. Again, the term has become genericized, and corn dogs of this type are referred to as "pogos".

    March 26, 2011

  • My husband's eyeballs pogoed out of their sockets and boinged! into her bra cups, where they gambolled around in the throes of ecstasy before boomeranging back socketwards.
    —Kathy Lette, 2001, Nip 'n' Tuck

    August 13, 2008

  • Walt Kelly's irrepressible possum. The endlessly "Everybody's Best Friend" of the Ofeekanokee swamp.

    December 2, 2006