Saturday, December 10, 2011


Detail of Painted Cart, Old Depot, Lewisburg, Ohio  © Doug Hickok

Today's post is brought to you by the word gander. It is a noun that means a male goose (derived from the Old English which dates before the year 1000). Used informally it means a quick look (of more modern origin). For example, "Take a gander at this painted wagon... it reminds me of the colors on Christmas wrapping paper".

Interestingly, according to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable the word gander-mooning describes the "aimless meanderings of the gander when the goose is sitting".

As you might expect, I have derived a few new words and phrases of my own... 

Get your gander on - to strut your stuff in front of the hens in the goose pen.

You've been ganderized - somebody has been looking at you rather intently.

gandermonium - when the goose pen gate is left open and hundreds of ganders are running amok in the farmyard.

Carpe Ganderum - seize the gander... and maybe have him for dinner.  Bon Gander!



  1. Lol, your imagination has no boundaries! These colours don't remind me of Christmas though. The added yellow makes me think of reggae!!

  2. Good shot and nice colors....well done Doug.

    Greetings, Joop

  3. The easiest association is with summer (I mean the colors). Very informative your post, Doug! Have a nice weekend!

  4. salaganger-when ganders act like lizards in an attempt to pick up a goose.

  5. Great composition with the complementary colors :)
    Your "gandering" made me smile.

  6. Only you can do this Doug :)
    Love it!

  7. My mother-in-law gave me another one, Ganderlust... looking around for a Loosey Goosey... priceless :^)

  8. Gandastic!
    I love portmanteau.
    So are "glander" and "glimder" also derived from "gander"?

    My two colourful ladies are wearing your Christmas wrapping paper!

    >which scientific name do you recommend?

    It's Amorphophallus titanum.
    Amorpho (misshaped) + phallus (phallus) + titanum (giant).
    Isn't Latin fun?!

  9. he, he ... how about gander-stepping instead of goose-stepping ?!? (just kidding ... ;-))
    love your post today, doug, with its strong and vivid primal colors! it pays to take a gander at the things around us !!
    (glad you like the conflux sculptures! one more to come ...)

  10. Nice high dinamic colours. Well done.

  11. fine juxtaposition of colors and lines. simple beauty is wonderful

  12. Such great vision to pick up this image Doug--your writing as always makes me smile

  13. Such glorious minimalist colour, I love it.

    ...and there's another meaning for "gander". On noticing a nice young lady perambulating along a Liverpool street the usual response of the young guys was "take a gander at that!

  14. I always admire how you find so much colors around you!

  15. Great combination of colours!
    Have a nice day.

  16. lol! you sure have a way with words.. i like the sound of 'gandermonium'.. :D


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