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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

"take a gander" (Wednesday's Wisdom)

The photographs atop this entry feature a Canadian goose, a Canadian gander and their goslings enjoying time together as a family while in Central Park.

These birds are featured in volume two of my book series, Words In Our Beak...

... and is evidenced in the picture below of Chris Deatherage's selfie where he is holding a part of the book that includes these avian creatures.

Chris, as you may know, is the designer of my web-site, and the editor as well as the formatter of this book series.

My appreciation for them is no secret given the number of blog posts which discuss these birds. In any event, the other day I stumbled upon information related to an idiom ("take a gander') which is associated with the male goose.

Here's what Grammarist has to say: "The phrase take a gander is an idiom that originated in the United States. An idiom is a figure of speech that is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the definition of the expression take a gander, where it comes from and some examples of its use in sentences...

...To take a gander means to look at something, to get a peek at something, to peruse something. Take a gander may mean to look at something briefly or to take a long, thorough look. A gander is a male goose, but the word gander came into use as a verb in England in the 1880s, to mean to look at something. The idea behind the idiom is that a gander is always looking about, twisting and turning his long neck, keeping an eye out for trouble in defense of his mate."

Geese gandering can be seen in the following set of photographs.

"During the 1910s, the phrase take a gander came into use in the United States. Related phrases are takes a gander, took a gander, taking a gander..."

And with this info re the idiom, it's my hope, dear reader that you will take a gander at all three volumes of Words In Our Beak. 

Incidentally which make a great Valentines Day gift (and that holiday is in fifteen days)!

Here's the purchase info re our book series:

Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC):

Volume Two: ISBN: 9780996378536
Book Seller Info:
Barnes & Noble On-Line:

Volume Three: ISBN: 978099637853
Now available on Amazon @ and can be ordered from any place selling books by giving them the title and/or ISBN which is 978099637853

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