I haven’t heard this expression – get your goat – for a while and since writing this blog I have become intrigued with such idioms. This one typically refers to the reaction when someone does something that provokes, infuriates, or annoys us. According to one source the origin is described as follows:
“The dictionary definition of goat is 'a ruminant quadruped of the genus Capra'. What's that got to do with being angry? Given the meaning of 'get your goat', we might expect to find goat as a slang term meaning anger or annoyance. That meaning is recorded in the U.S. book Life in Sing Sing, 1904, which goat is given as a slang term for anger.
The phrase originated in the U.S. and the first entry in print that I can find comes from a fanciful story about a burst water pipe that was printed in the U.S. newspaper The Stevens Point Daily Journal, May 1909: "Wouldn't that get your goat? We'd been transferring the same water all night from the tub to the bowl and back again."”
(For those who are interested, other suggested derivations may be found here.)
This week’s ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) blog explores the idiom “get your goat” and suggests that readers bring to mind something specific that someone says or does to which you would apply this phrase. Think ‘outside of the goat’ for your answers!
What other ConflictMastery™ Quest(ions) may you add here?
Originally posted at www.cinergycoaching.com/blog/