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Origin of 'Playing Gooseberry'

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1309654.  Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:53 am Reply with quote

I have been trying to find the origins of playing gooseberry as in being a single person out with a couple. There are a number of completely unconnected theories on the web that I have found but wondered if there is a definitive explanation?
Many thanks

1309673.  Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:03 pm Reply with quote

I'm not sure there is a definitive version. I found one here:

What occurs to me is that a gooseberry is a fruit that is slightly prickly, and that might add to the feeling of discomfort that an unwanted third party to a tryst might bring.


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