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11 comments on this post.
  1. Barry:

    Another use of “gig” is gig’em (gig them) Aggies (Tex A & M cheer). Also to give someone a demerit in the milatary. Probably related to the above, the line of the shirt and pants zipper is called a gig line.
    It has also become short for Gibabite.

  2. ed tronce:

    your theories are wrong …back in the 1920s blues musicians had a hard time finding work,when one came along”God Is Good”was the phrase uttered by many of them.hence the acronym “GIG”

  3. anthony:

    It is hard to ignore the earlier incarnations of the word and then to skip to 1926 as if it magically appeared. Sorry ed, no soap for your perspective

  4. Deborah:

    Sorry Anthony…you lose……..Ed is correct. Do your homework.

  5. Marc:

    Not everything has to be related to religion…

    The main description seems to have more realistic sources. (less fairytales too.)

  6. Tony:

    I’ve wondered whether it’s related to the German word “Geig”, which means a violin or fiddle (both, incidentally, derived from the Latin “fidula”). A German-speaking player might say, for instance, “Heute Nacht werde ich geigen”, meaning “I’m going to be fiddling tonight”. Possibly a complete red herring, but just a thought.

    Here’s another: if you check out the number of violinists in a German orchestra, does that make you a Geiger-counter?

  7. Carmelita Sachez:

    As long as chocolate is involved, I’ll eat any baked good!

  8. Cliff Sloane:

    I would support the French origins of “gig”. It links up with the jazz historian POV that jazz is closely tied to French military bands, more so than the blues. Evidence for my wild speculation would be any printed playlists for such ensembles from French-speaking areas of the USA (Cape Girardeau south to New Orleans) in which gigues are played.


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  10. Gordon Hudson:

    I think the word gig came from short for gigle meaning doing a booking but not taken seriously simply a giggle

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