| Share
 

Egg-on

or Edge-on. A corruption of the Saxon eggian (to incite). The Anglo-Saxon ecg, and Scandinavian eg, means a “sharp point”—hence edge-hog (hedgehog), a hog with sharp points, called in Danish pin-swin (thorny swine), and in French porc-épic, where épic is the Latin spicula (spikes).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Egg-on from Infoplease:

Related Content

24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring