Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 5 02:16:13 UTC 2001

At 8:41 PM -0800 3/4/01, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>hmmm...  "wouldn't say boo to a goose" is the version i know.
>it is, or was, certainly common in england, but i wouldn't
>venture to say that it was unknown in the u.s.
I wonder if "goose" might not be a (possibly euphemistic?) alteration
of "ghost" here.  Taboo avoidance at work again?


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