Posted by: Jack Henry | June 4, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Frog-march and Hungry Hippos

The other day I received an email that caught my eye because of its title: “Frogmarch or frog-march.” I’d never heard that term before, but I had a vision of cute little tree frogs hopping along in line with their bayonets and bandoliers. Here is a portion of the definition for you. Not so cute, but educational. (See the Grammarist website for the full article.)

Frogmarch or frog-march

To frog-march is to make or require someone to move forward by shoving from behind. This verb is not just forcing the person to walk, but to do so roughly and with some violence. Some dictionaries go so far as to say the person being made to walk must have his or her arms pinned down or restricted….

The term does come from a frog being pinned down on a tray while it is being dissected. In the past the term was used for physically carrying someone out of a room, usually a disorderly person that would require being held at four points and his or her legs and arms would be spread out, like a frog.

Now for some shoving from behind with a happier outcome: Funani and Devi.

Kara Church

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