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Wayzgoose (long message)

      Everything you'd ever wanted to know about a "wayzgoose".... :-)

I just found this rather *long* description of "wayzgoose" in the Oxford
English Dictionary....enjoy!   Mercedes

                  M. & M. Cirfi Walton
                  University of Toronto
           Internet:  mcirfi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


   wayzgoose wei.zgus. Alteration of waygoose, under which the earlier
   evidence for the word is given.

     NOTE: The eccentrically spelt form wayzgoose, which, although
     established in recent use, has not been found, exc. in Bailey's
     Dictionary, earlier than 1875, is prob. a figment invented in the
     interest of an etymological conjecture (see quot. 1731). Bailey's
     assertion that the word had the sense of `stubble-goose' is
     unsupported, and is very unlikely; this allegation, and the
     accompanying fantastic misspelling of wase, may have been suggested
     by the idea that the obscure word waygoose could be explained on
     the assumption that it had lost a z. (The Eng. Dial. Dict. refers
     to Cope's Hampshire Glossary for `waze-goose, a stubble-goose', but
     Cope's authority for this is a MS. word-list which, he says,
     `contained many words that had certainly no relation to the dialect
     of the county'.) It seems clear that the genuine traditional form
     among printers was waygoose, and that the form wayzgoose, now
     prevailing, is a supposed correction following the authority of
     Bailey. The statement that goose was `the principal dish' (or even
     that it was eaten at all) at the `waygoose' dinner is destitute of
     evidence. It is possible that waygoose may be a corruption by
     popular etymology of some earlier word, but no satisfactory
     explanation has been found either in English or in any foreign

   Originally, an entertainment given by a master-printer to his workmen
   `about Bartholomew-tide' (24 August), marking the beginning of the
   season of working by candle-light. In later use, an annual festivity
   held in summer by the employees of a printing establishment,
   consisting of a dinner and (usually) an excursion into the country.

     * 1731 Bailey (ed. 5), Wayz, a Bundle of Straw. Wayz-goose, a
       Stubble-Goose, an Entertainment given to Journey-men at the
       beginning of Winter.
     * 1833 Temperley Songs of the Press 23 note, Way Goose.- The
       derivation of this term is not generally known. It is from the old
       English word wayz, stubble. A wayz Goose was the head dish at the
       annual feast of the forefathers of our fraternity. `Wayz Goose, a
       stubble Goose, an entertainment given to journeymen at the
       beginning of Winter.'-Bailey.

     * 1875 Southward Dict. Typogr. 137 The wayzgoose generally consists
       of a trip into the country, open air amusements, a good dinner,
       and speeches and toasts afterwards.
     * 1895 Surrey Mirror 23 Aug. 2/7 The members of the typographical
       staffs of the Surrey Advertiser (Guildford) and the Surrey Mirror
       (Redhill) had their wayzgoose on Saturday last, when they
       journeyed to Brighton.

   b. attrib.

     * A. 1880 F. T. Buckland Notes & Jottings (1882) 39 London printers
       generally have a `wayzgoose' dinner in the autumn.
     * 1897 F. T. Bullen Cruise of `Cachalot' 372 Carriages were
       chartered, an enormous quantity of eatables and drinkables
       provided, and away we went, a regular wayzgoose or bean-feast

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