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What does it mean to goose someone?

Updated July 19, 2017

Goosing someone is often considered a practical joke and works around the elements of surprise and humour. Goosing, while amusing, should ideally only be done to close friends or relatives, and definitely not to strangers.

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The Action

Goosing involves a light grab or pinch of the buttocks, usually delivered from behind, and without being detected.

The Element of Surprise

An effective goosing includes the element of surprise. It is usually delivered at a moment the victim is not expecting it, and may be delivered in a public place but in such a manner that it is not witnessed by anyone except the person goosing and the person being goosed.

The Element of Humor

Humour is key in goosing. A goosing is not a malicious move, and is meant to amuse and surprise the person being goosed.

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About the Author

Mo Rita has been writing for websites since 2006. Her writing includes submissions to the Dollar Stretcher and Rollick Guides. Rita has been teaching since 2000 and uses her writing to create curricular material. She has a Bachelor of Art in French and Bachelor of Science in education from Northern Illinois University.

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