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Orgoing

verb; clipping; derivation
To do organic chemistry problem sets or study for organic chemistry
 
This term is used to refer to the studying of any organic chemistry related material. It utilizes the clipping of organic chemistry, ‘orgo,’ which is also widely used among college student, as the root. This term often has a negative connotation associated with it due to the difficulty of the class. As a result, it is possible that the word may undergo pejoration. This word was coined to enable organic chemistry students to quickly express what they are studying.
Etymology : Comes from clipping of the term ‘organic chemistry’ to ‘orgo,’ and then derivation of the root with ‘-ing’ to form a gerund. ‘Organic’ comes from L. ‘organikos’ which means ‘serving as an organ or instrument.’ The sense of ‘organic’ meaning ‘from organized living beings’ was first recorded in 1778. ‘Chemistry’ was originally ‘alchemy’ meaning ‘natural physical process.’ ‘Alchemy’ comes from M.L. ‘alkimia,’ from Arabic ‘al-kimiya,’ from Gk. ‘khemeioa,’ all meaning ‘alchemy.’
Source : Conversation with friends “That entire table of people are orgoing” (10/2007)
Last modified: 3 December 2008


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