Oh, let's call them geese... (was: Re: Leathery-Winged Avians)

minnow at belfry.org.uk minnow at belfry.org.uk
Thu Jun 5 11:17:05 EDT 2003


Joe wrote:

>'Anserine' is the word. 

Thank you.  I would *not* have found that by accident in a dictionary!

>("fois gras is the diseased anserine liver 
>stuffed with truffles"). The OED's second meaning is this, 
>interestingly:

>"2. As the goose is conventionally (though erroneously) a type of 
>unintelligence: Stupid, silly."

Somebody at that place used to work for Chambers, I think.  :-)

>Now that would hardly apply to Derk's geese, would it?

Er, no.  Maybe I shall stick to goscine, on the grounds that the
available correct word is obviously wrong.

Minnow
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