bogged » boggled

Chiefly in:   boggled down

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • “Why get boggled down in the minutiae of MSDS management.” (link)
  • “I’m quite fond of “Professional Photograhy”. It’s a UK magazine with interesting articles from a pro perspective. I also occasionally read “Practical Photography”. I’m more fond of the UK magazines than the US ones. I find that the US ones feel too…messy. The articles get boggled down in tons of advertising and the layouts usually don’t appeal to me. But mainly it’s the advertising that bothers me a lot.” (link)
  • ” I’m right sometimes. You know it’s hard when you’re basing it just on watching television and following it in the newspapers. And at the same time, quite honestly, you can get boggled down with too much information as well and lose sight of something that’s right there in front of you — an obvious choice.” (link)
  • “Don’t get boggled down worrying about outlines and rules, just tell a bunch of stories that happen to the same group of people.” (link)

Analyzed or reported by:

  • Mark Peters (American Dialect Society mailing list, 1 June 2006)

Peters wrote, “I heard Reggie Miller say this one during a TNT NBA playoff game, and sure enough, it’s out there”, and supplied the four examples above.

No doubt many people fail to connect the “bog” part of “be bogged down” to wet, muddy bogs and so substitute the verb “boggle”, with its implication of inability to act, for it, losing in the process the astonishment aspect of boggling.

| link | entered by Arnold Zwicky, 2006/06/02 |


  1. 1

    Commentary by Eyebrows McGee , 2006/06/22 at 12:26 pm

    oooh, I love this one!

  2. 2

    Commentary by lance , 2006/07/24 at 7:15 pm

    I like “boggled down.” I had never heard it before, but it is just fun to say.

  3. 3

    Commentary by Enid Pearsons , 2006/11/14 at 5:40 am

    Tonight (11/13/2006), Donald Trump said on TV that Bush was boggled down in Iraq.

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