Lay, goosie, lay

Liz Climo’s cartoon for today, 12/30, the 6th day of Christmas (“Six geese a-laying” — that is, laying eggs): (#1) Prescriptively incorrect, but extraordinarily widespread, lay down (in an imperative to the geese to lie down). Geoff Pullum on Language Log, 5/10/04 (“Lie or lay? Some disastrously unhelpful guidance”) takes off from this Partially Clips … Continue reading Lay, goosie, lay