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'Sauce for the goose'

Posted by R. Berg on May 12, 2001

In Reply to: 'Sauce for the goose' posted by James Briggs on May 12, 2001

: : Is there an available site for phonetcism tutorials and reference?

: : And what does this phrase 'Sauce for the goose' mean?

: The complete phrase is 'What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander', meaning if something is good enough for me, then it's good enough for you!

In the United States, "What's sauce for the goose . . . gander" has traditionally been used to mean that whatever applies to a woman should apply to a man as well. The saying goes back long before the women's movement. Its literal meaning comes from cooking poultry: male and female geese would be served with the same sauce.