I tried to express the situation where Americans find themselves after the debt agreement on Sunday. At first I thought that I could say: “Our goose is cooked.” This statement does not really fit our situation because it implies that we have been caught in a lie or cheated on a partner and will have to pay in some matter such as being fired, ostracized or divorced depending on the nature of the ‘crime’.
I came to the realization that a better statement would be: “We are all goners” as that implies the visage of death or loss through something that was not really our fault. That expression derives itself from the old British term ‘gone Goose’.
We can also say that the debt agreement has “Killed the goose (the middle class) that lays the golden eggs.”
Geese play a central part in all these sayings because geese supplied eggs and meat to guilds-men and the middle class in pre-Victorian Britain. They were easy to care for and mowed the grass around town to boot. In some towns, they were allowed free range and harvested by their designated owner(s). Often the lord (small ‘l’) was the owner who extracted a fee (tax) on said harvest.
Right now the “silly geese” of Congress are giving me “goose bumps” from fear because I will gain nothing but a “goose egg” due to their policies. The basic reason for this situation is that Obama “can’t say boo to a goose.”
Flip the page for a table defining these and other terms. One American term is included.
|Goose bumps and goose pimples||A prickly feeling related to having bumps on one’s skin due to fear, excitement, or cold.|
|Silly as a goose||Very foolish|
|Gone goose||Someone or something that has departed or run away|
|Can’t say boo to a goose||Shy and not talkative|
|Cook someone’s goose||To damage or ruin someone|
|Goose egg||1. A raised bump on the skull when one’s head has been struck.
2. In a sports score, zero.
|Kill the goose that lays the golden egg(s)||To destroy something that is profitable to you|
|One’s goose is cooked||One is finished; one has been found out and is in trouble|
|Send someone on a wild-goose chase||To send someone on a pointless or futile search|
|What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander||What is good for one person is good for another|
|Loosey goosey (American)||1. Laid back
2. A promiscuous woman
Now, it is your oppertunity to describe our crisis relying on these British terms.