Where does the word “Doggone” come from and What does Doggone mean?

Popular notion nowadays is that the word “Doggone” is an affected or prim American version of “God damned.”

The fact is, however, that British writers, long before any record of American usage is found, were using “dog on it,” as a form of mild oath, much as earlier writers had been using “a pox on it.”

We think it most likely, therefore, that doggone is nothing more than a misspelling of dog on.

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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