Friday, September 3, 2010


The OED defines "Hodge" as follows:
1. A familiar by-form and abbreviation of the name Roger; used as a typical name for the English agricultural labourer or rustic.
c1386 CHAUCER Cook's Prol. 12 Euer si{th}{th}e I highte hogge of ware. [Ibid. 21 Oure host seyde I graunt it the, Now telle on, Roger.] 1483 Cath. Angl. 187/1 Hoge, Rogerus, nomen proprium. 1589 GREENE Menaphon (Arb.) 58 These Arcadians are giuen to take the benefit of euerie Hodge. a1700 B. E. Dict. Cant. Crew, Hodge, a Country Clown, also Roger. 1794 WOLCOTT (P. Pindar) Wks. III. 350 No more shall Hodge's prong and shovel start. 1826 in Hone Everyday Bk. II. 1210 You seem to think that with the name I retain all the characteristics..of a hodge. 1885 Observer 13 Dec. 5/3 The conduct of Hodge in the recent election.
I wonder if being hodged is similar to being rogered. (He was rogered unto a hodgepodge.) I also wonder [well, only rhetorically] about whether the next OED will include the standard mathematical sense of "Hodge."

PS to wander into the country and hang out w/ peasants is to be on a Hodge pilgrimage.

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