[Ads-l] OED revision choices, was Re: waygoose and wake-goose

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Aug 26 09:08:31 UTC 2016

Whatever one might think about the origins of waygoose, wayzgoose, and wakegoose, it may seem a bit curious that OED in 2015 revised the first two entries but left unrevised the 1921 version of the latter. The 1921 wakegoose (actually wake-goose) entry has only one example, though many are now easily available. Further, the 1921 wakegoose entry has "Etymology: ? Corrupt form of wayzgoose n.<http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/226534#eid15132872>" even though--unless I've lost track of available attestations--wakegoose predates wayzgoose. Also, though the first two are cross-referenced, the latter goes unmentioned in the former two.


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OED's Word of the Day is wayzgoose. Wayzgoose and waygoose entries were updated in Dec. 2015.

Previously, in posts to this list (some linked below; there are others also) I cited texts that suggest waygoose came from wake-goose.

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