Sauce for the Goose

gooseI’ve only recently (within the last couple of years) seen a goose up close. In fact, it was a lot of geese. Some people tell me geese look like ducks with long necks. There’s a resemblance, and that’s about all I can say about it. I’ve never eaten one, and I probably wouldn’t, even if it was offered as part of a meal. I don’t like the taste of duck, so I probably wouldn’t like the taste, with or without sauce on it.

Of course, I’m pretty sure I’d like it if it was the only thing to eat after a few days of going without food. Hunger does that kind of thing to a person.

Sauce for the Goose

The meaning behind the phrase is that it makes things equal. I’m sure the phrase, “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander”, is the way it was said originally. The version I always heard substituted “good” for “sauce”. I’ve heard “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” more times than I care to remember. Until recently, and only because I never thought about it more than a few seconds at a time, I didn’t even know what a gander was. I also heard “too much sauce spoils the goose” and I have no idea where that came from.

Way back when I saw “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan” the first time, I remember when Captain Spock said to Mr. Saavik (a female Vulcan officer), “Sauce for the goose, Mr. Saavik. The odds will be even.” I had no idea what it meant back then, and I really didn’t care. Now I know. I remember watching “A Christmas Story” years ago, years before the TNT television network decided to air it back to back for 24 hours. There were some scenes where dogs busted in and stole the cooked turkey, and the family ended up eating their Christmas dinner in a Chinese restaurant.

To this day, I can’t remember if they ate a goose or a duck at the restaurant. I don’t think they ever said what it was. Oh well, it doesn’t matter now, I suppose.

Word Usage

Geese must have been much more plentiful a couple of hundred years ago than they are today. Why else would so many phrases involving a goose exist? Like “your goose is cooked” and “wild goose chase”. Why else would people use it as a nickname? Like one of the characters in the original “Top Gun” movie. Or part of a trademark? Like “Mother Goose” and “Granny Goose”?


Geese is the plural of goose, but goose also means the female. Gander is the male and a gosling is the child. It’s hard to remember things like this when I have all this bouncing around in my head with the terms for other types of animals. A Cornish Game Hen isn’t necessarily a hen, even though hen means female chicken (and the female of a number of bird species).

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