VOGUE. What’s in a name?

Words can change our life.

Words are codes; keys that open several doors to worlds we do not yet know. I love what they mean and do and bring and provoke. In my research on VOGUE Magazine the other day I began to think that this word that I know so well I did not know where it came from how did it evolved to a universal code. Hence this post!

vogue  (vg)


1. The prevailing fashion, practice, or style: Hoop skirts were once the vogue.
2. Popular acceptance or favor; popularity: a party game no longer in vogue.

intr.v.voguedvogue·ing or vogu·ingvogues

3. To dance by striking a series of rigid, stylized poses, evocative of fashion models during photograph shoots.
4. (Clothing & Fashion) (usually prenominal) popular or fashionable a vogue word
Word History: The history of the word vogue demonstrates how sense can change dramatically over time even while flowing, as it were, in the same channel. The Indo-European root of vogue is *wegh-, meaning “to go, transport in a vehicle.” Among many other forms derived from this root was the Germanic stem *wga-, “water in motion.” From this stem came the Old Low German verb wogn, meaning “to sway, rock.” This verb passed into Old French as voguer, which meant “to sail, row.” The Old French word yielded the noun vogue, which probably literally meant “a rowing,” and so by extension “a course,” and figuratively “reputation” and later “reputation of fashionable things” or “prevailing fashion.” The French, who have given us many fashionable things, passed this noun on as well, it being first recorded in English in 1571.
So now, even if you are reading it in Chinese you will know what it means! : )