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VOGUE, especially as used in vogue word. If something is in vogue, it is fashionable and widely used for a time. Linguistic usages can be as much in vogue as clothes or ideas: ‘Pox on your Bourdeaux, Burgundie … no more of these vogue names … get me some ale’ ( Howard & Villiers, Country Gentleman, c.1669). Vogue word is a semi-technical term, and the terms vogue name, vogue phrase, vogue term, vogue usage all occur. When usages are taken up by journalists, publicists, and media celebrities, they quickly become fashionable and may prompt analogue forms: for example, junk food leading to junk bonds, junk mail, junk fax; marathon leading to beg-a-thon, readathon, telethon. Common sources of vogue expressions include: (1) Technology; interface, input, downtime. (2) Advertising and publicity: bottom line, targeting, yuppie. (3) Medicine, health care, social science, and accompanying social comment: aerobic, executive stress, fitness freak. Compare BUZZWORD, KEYWORD, NONCE WORD.

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vogue / vōg/ • n. [usu. in sing.] the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time: the vogue is to make realistic films. ∎  general acceptance or favor; popularity: the 1920s and 30s, when art deco was much in vogue. • adj. popular; fashionable: “citizenship” was to be the government's vogue word. • v. (vogued, vogue·ing or vogu·ing) [intr.] dance to music in such a way as to imitate the characteristic poses struck by a model on a catwalk. DERIVATIVES: vogu·ish adj.

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voguethe v. foremost place in estimation, greatest currency XVI; popular esteem XVII; course of success; prevailing fashion. — F. — It. voga rowing, fashion, f. vogare row, be going well, presumably of Gmc. orig. and f. the base repr. by (M)HG. wogen wave, float, be borne by the waves.

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vogue

voguebrogue, disembogue, drogue, pirog, pirogue, prorogue, rogue, vogue

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