I inquired the other day whether the word jogging has begun to look dated, with running increasingly the preferred term. (The Sun has written about people robbed while "jogging," which struck some readers as dated.) The responses, as you would have expected were various.
A couple of comments from Facebook:
"I don't do either but I'd guess people who consider themselves runners wouldn't be caught dead jogging."
" 'Jogging' makes me laugh when I see it, either in print or being done. I recall jogging as a self-conscious act. I quit long before running re-entered our lives."
"Jogging is slow running. I used to run, but now I jog."
"I'm a runner, not a jogger, even though I'm super-slow."
And so on.
Then last evening I received a message from Mark Remy, editor at large for Runner's World:
I recently stumbled across your short "Jog your memory" piece online. The whole "jogger/runner" thing is a bit of a hot potato among runners. (For many or most runners nowadays, "jogger" has pretty negative connotations, evoking someone exceedingly slow, pokey, clueless, and generally un-serious.)
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"The curse of the jogger" has been a bit of an inside (recurring) joke between me and my readers ever since I first wrote about it, back in late 2010.
Bottom line: "Jog" at your own peril.
I am entirely neutral here, neither a runner nor a jogger, but I can see that jogging has accumulated a good deal of scorn from the fleet of foot, and that leads me to think that discouraging use of the word will avoid distracting readers.
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