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Chris -- 2011-03-08
There’s a lot of punning out there, as well as a lot of people “taking a proper gander” or a good look. But I think some of these are real:
In the UK unemployment benefits started in 1948 now The government trying to stop it by spreading proper gander about unemployed people saying they are lazy can`t be bothered to work & they are dishonest
And my favorite:
I’m thinking that the silliness of geese plays into the etymology of this eggcorn, with the idea that “proper gander” means official-sounding nonsense? Or maybe there’s some thought that it’s a shortened version of “proper gander crap” as in the last example?
The favorite is illuminating. Your citations are convincing. I looked for this one a while back, without separating it into two words, and so I was not convinced of its eggcornitude, but now I’m a believer. For what it’s worth, here are my two hits for the fused goose:
there was a law made a few years ago that will stop you from being sacked because of your political or religious beliefs,and if you look into the web more you will find most of the propergander against the bnp party was payed for by the labour party.
Dont listen to your propergander about how great the EU is … The Greeks have lived on Cyprus for 3500 years. The Turks only 400 years.
Response: 3500 years where did you get bit a propergander. 3500 years ago the Greeks where only small city states they where no where near Cyprus. you are full of sh*t propergander.
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/cyprus … NV84CRI/p2