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'take a gander'

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 28, 2004

In Reply to: 'take a gander' posted by WordCrafter on January 28, 2004

: There is an expression 'take a gander' at that. Why a male goose? What could be the start of the use of the term in that way, which is well off the wall in terms of any other use of the word 'gander'?

I don't know why a male was used but picture a goose stretching his long neck to look at something. This stretching of a long neck like that is called "to take a gander".
Sounds good, no?