origin and etymology:
Middle English, from Latin viragin-, virago, from vir man
Plural: viragoes or viragos
- a loud, overbearing woman
- a woman of great stature, strength, and courage
Mixed messages, anyone? While once considered a compliment (one famous virago being Joan of Arc), it later became more of a slur or derogatory comment (think Taming of the Shrew’s very own shrew). Now it’s trending more towards the complimentary once again. Is there a virago in your farmgirl life?