"If that don't get my goat"--and a new blog post

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Oct 10 11:11:44 UTC 2014

Here's a link to an extensive and illustrated blog post (Oct. 9, 2014), "Getting Goats, Losing Goats, Stable Goats and Navy Goats - a History and Etymology of "Get My Goat" at Early Sports and Pop Culture History Blog:


As far as I know, my Collier's Oct. 28 1905 find is the earliest reported use so far. My "1904" example is really much later; I somehow lazily relied on Google Books for that date.

Stephen Goranson


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