Considering the amount of knitting I frog, it was easy for me to answer Val when she IM'd me earlier today with the question: "What is frogging?" "Ripping," I said. "Something I know very well." But I also told her that I had no idea why it was called frogging.
She then sent me this link to Knitty where it was all explained.
In nature, frogs say "rip it, rip it." In knitting, we say "frogging."
Ah ha. Light bulb: on.
This article also gives a name to backing out of knitting. (Something else I do quite frequently.) Tink. Why? Because it's knit spelled backwards. Backing out of knitting. Oh so clevah, as my mother would say.
But that's not all the article revealed. How 'bout a trick for ripping out a bunch of rows without painstakingly having to put all those stitches back on the needle? Just place a smaller needle or thread on the row under the row with the mistake and rip, rip, rip. The article has photos and very clear instruction.
This is a tip I'm sure to use again and again...
Rip it. Rip it.
Thanks for the link, Val!