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A.Word.A.Day--gosling

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gosling (GOZ-ling) noun

1. A young goose.

2. A naive or inexperienced young person.

[Middle English, variant (influenced by gos, goose), of gesling, from Old Norse gaeslingr, diminutive of gas.]

"He teaches her to fly; she teaches the geese to fly. And as the goslings come of age, so does Amy." Jeff Strickler, Take a gander at this movie, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 13 Sep 1996.

This week's theme: words for animal offspring.

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He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -Friedrich Nietzsche


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