Don t say boo to a goose

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don t say boo to a goose

Boo to a Goose by Mem Fox

Mem Fox has produced an amusing read (or shout) aloud book.

This was David Millers first childrens picture book. The paper sculpture is pretty fantastic - but his newer works (e.g. Refugees) show that he is improving all the time.

A Warning: A number of the rhymes require an Australian accent to work correctly (e.g. walk and York need to rhyme). One might say a bit of retribution for Sesame Streets ABC...Zee (rather than Zed) and all those Dr. Seuss rhymes that only work with an American accent!
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but i never say boo to a goose(:

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There is a common phrase, often used when one wishes to disparage someone as a timid milksop. We all come across timid milksops from time to time, and though in the spirit of Christian charity we should not disparage them, we do, oh we do, possibly to make ourselves look hardy and tough by comparison, even, or especially, when we are hardly hardy and tough but, rather, fearful and insecure. It is that very insecurity that can cause us to disparage another, as a way of distracting attention from our own timidity and milksoppishness, which we otherwise try to disguise by means such as bumptiousness and the glugging of huge flagons of beer. This is elementary psychology. I am sure you have heard it many times, at cocktail parties or in sporting arenas, and not only have you heard it, in all likelihood you have said it yourself, more than once. It is high time, I think, that we examined this assertion.


Here, boo is not an expression of disapproval but a later form of bo , an exclamation intended to frighten. In fact, the earliest printed version uses shoo , an exclamation used to drive away fowls or animals. - Primarily heard in UK, Australia.

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By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. It only takes a minute to sign up. Because of the supposed stupidity of the bird of that name, the word 'goose' has meant a simpleton since the s. The word 'boo' in this context is the sudden, loud version of it So, 'saying boo to a goose' - whether human or avian - is about the least brave thing one could imagine doing and, as a result, very shy people are accused of being unable to do even that. This seems strange because I have always thought of geese as aggressive animals that you wouldn't want to startle.

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