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Friday, 14 September 2018

Word To Use Today: wayzgoose.

You've heard of a hen night, but how about a wayzgoose?

It's a word from Lincolnshire, England, and it's an annual works outing made by a printing works. 

I accept that this is probably something to which you are seldom invited, but its meaning could easily be extended to cover any celebratory trip taken by workmates.

It might even encourage people to go further than the restaurant or the pub.

After all, how much more revealing of your colleagues' inner souls would it be to have a stroll across the downs, or a sail across the lake, or a stagger up the hill? How much better for the health and wealth of all participants.

How much more fun to see them clambering over styles, or dealing with picnic wasps. In unsuitable shoes. And a thunderstorm.

Mind you, once you know them properly it's quite possible you'll be too frightened ever to go back to the office. 

But at least it'd dissipate the boredom for a bit.

Word To Usr Today: wayzgoose. I think this might be the only word in the English language with the letter-string yzg in it. The word comes from the 1700s, when it was waygoose, but before that its origin is unknown. It started off as an Autumn meal given by an employer at the time when printers had to start working by candlelight, but later began to describe a works' outing. Traditionally a wayzgoose took place on August 24th, St Bartholomew's Day (he's the patron saint of bookbinders) but it can happen on any date around this time of the year.

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