Duck, Duck, Goose!

How often have you been confronted by someone exhibiting ridiculous anserine behavior? During my former career as a police officer, this was quite common.  I wonder if this could be the origin of the phrase “silly goose?”  According to Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, “A foolish or ignorant person is called a goose because of the alleged stupidity of this bird.”


an-suh-rahyn, -rin \, adjective;

1. of or relating to the subfamily Anserinae, of the family Anatidae, comprising the true geese.
2. resembling a goose; goose-like.
3. stupid; foolish; silly.

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