A Confused Response to the Daily Post’s Daily Prompt: Slog
I’m bored. Let’s have some fun. Here’s how this is going to work.
The prompt for today is ‘slog’. Ever heard of it? I haven’t. So what’s it mean? AND NO GOOGLE! not until we reach the end of this in which we will check how horribly wrong we were.
Basic questions first. Noun, verb, adjective, or something else? Where does this fit in our language?
Well, I’m gonna straight up rule out adjective because it just doesn’t sound right to say that I put a slog elephant into the freezer last Thursday. However, to slog – that seems to work. We could say that I slogged a sluggish elephant into the freezer last Thursday. As bizarre as it sounds, it works! So one category that our nefarious word could fit into is that of verbs. Indeed, similarities we can draw are ‘hopped‘, ‘mugged‘, ‘wugged‘. Ah! Wugs. The linguists favourite animal. So if we can have a wug as a pet then it seems as if our elephant could actually be slog. Although, I am going to go against this on the basis that it is too similar to the word slug and too uncommon for it to be able to withstand the difference like ‘father‘ and ‘further‘. So out of these three main categories, slog seems to fit in best as a word of action.
Next question we need to ask ourselves is what on earth are we actually doing to this poor elephant when we slog it into the freezer. What’s evident is that we are a cruel and despicable being if we are trying to fit a live elephant into the freezer. Can we slog an elephant out of the freezer? Some verbs necessitate a certain direction to them. We can both push and pull something in or out of another thing. But our position relative to the object is what differs accordingly. It only makes sense to pull the cat into the box if we are already in the box. Hopefully its not its litter box. Other words, like put imply that we are almost directly over the object. Putting the cat into its litter box certainly changes the image conveyed. Is slog one of these kinds of verbs? Does it require us to have any certain position relative to the object in question which, here, is our beloved elephant. I just don’t get the feeling that this is the case.
To me, when I slog something it is almost as if I am giving it a well-deserved, once off, thwack on the head with the back of my hand. It is a sing that you have done something so moronic that the only response I can give is a hearty slog.
Although the tart was fun I got bored pretty quickly by this and now wish to conclude. So let’s find out what this word actually means.
I wanted to go into an analysis on where the word could have come from but meh.
* eight minutes later *
* quickly googles *
Alright, so Merriam-Webster says this:
slogverb \ˈsläg\Popularity: Top 40% of words
Simple Definition of slog
: to keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring : to work at something in a steady, determined way
: to walk slowly usually with heavy stepsSource: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary