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- n. a holiday or party for the benefit of printers, traditionally held in August
I certainly wrote one on wayzgoose, which is again inquired about this week (8th S.
"Bedford," but lately discontinued; and there is the Annual Dinner to the printers and the rest given by the firm -- the first of which, under the name of "wayzgoose," took place at the "Highbury Barn Tavern."
Carriages were chartered, an enormous quantity of eatables and drinkables provided, and away we went, a regular wayzgoose or bean-feast party.
Everything related to the old-fashioned letter press seemed on the up-and-up except that no one knew the origins of wayzgoose, neither members of the APA nor the dictionaries available to me.
Or, even better, perhaps you already know the etymology of wayzgoose.
[We have sent Mr. Griffin a copy of the entry for wayzgoose from the OED.