Gooden vs Goodmen - What's the difference?
As a verb gooden
is to make good; improve; better; perfect or gooden
can be (dialectal) to perambulate, usually town to town, collecting alms, gifts, or small gratuities before christmas-time, usually on.
As a noun goodmen is
From . More at (l).
To make good; improve; better; perfect.
*2009 , Helen Malson, Maree Burns, Critical Feminist Approaches to Eating Dis/Orders :
*2010 , Richard Francis, Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia :
- For many years we have endeavored to comprehend how a/b could transform highly intelligent and in many respects 'model' girls and women (and sometimes boys and men) into unwitting bystanders and accomplices to their own torture and impending death while remaining convinced that they are being perfected and goodened ?
To become good.
To grow; improve; prosper.
- The passive voice is all-pervasive. This is a world in which virtue is achieved by not doing things, only thus, like Jesus (Wright tells us) may we “be Goodened with Good.
Back-formation from goodening, an alteration of .
(dialectal) To perambulate, usually town to town, collecting alms, gifts, or small gratuities before Christmas-time, usually on .
*1871 , Henry Martin, The history of Brighton and environs :
*1910 , Peter Hampson Ditchfield, Vanishing England: the book :
- Phoebe, in support of a good old Sussex custom, regularly, on St. Thomas's Day, December 21st, went out "Goodening ," visiting well-to-do parishioners, to gossip upon the past, over hot elderberry wine and plum cake, and to receive doles, either in money or materials, [...]
- In 1899 the oldest dame who took part in the ceremony was aged ninety-three, while in 1904 a widow "goodened " for the thirtieth year in succession.