[Ads-l] Get one's goat

Michael Quinion michael.quinion at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Dec 3 14:15:20 UTC 2014

Thanks to Garson O'Toole for the 1903 citation, to to others for prompting 
me to update my piece about the idiom, which is at bit.ly/1FNUlko . 

In it, I note there a widely circulated joke from the 1880s that uses "get 
my goats", which may have some bearing on the origin of the expression. 
Your comments are welcomed.

Michael Quinion
World Wide Words
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