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Wayzgoose: A wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St Bartholomew's Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight. Later, the word came to refer to an annual outing and dinner for the staff of a printing works or the printers on a newspaper. Bob McArtor [Ed. note: Bob was chairman of the GPO style board for many years] liked to use this on everyone, it was his trivia question.--Submitted By: Ed Treine (retired GPO)

ETAOIN SHRDLU: FIC and Punc may be dead but ETAOIN SHRDLU will live forever. --Submitted by: Bob McArtor [Ed note: See...]