Goose/The Finger

Donald M Lance lancedm at MISSOURI.EDU
Tue Jan 22 05:35:36 UTC 2002

I associate goosing with the thumb or index finger.  But in Texas when I was
growing up in the 1940s the goosing was done to the ribs and had only
risibility connotations.

> From: Mark A Mandel <mam at THEWORLD.COM>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 21:53:25 -0500
> Subject: Re: Goose/The Finger
> On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, carljweber wrote:
> #Goose/The Finger
> #
> #A little offer of twined thread synthesis. The "finger" is otherwise "the
> #bird," and otherwise f.u. Everybody knows what bird.
> Then I guess I'm nobody. I've never known what bird, if any,
> was referred to. You are evidently assuming that it's the
> goose, by association with the verb "to goose". Can you
> prove it? --- And am I the only one so ignorant?
> -- Mark A. Mandel

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