"gets my goat" antedated slightly

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Sat Oct 11 15:51:56 UTC 2014

The previous earliest was October 28, 1905, Collier's [New York] v. 36 p.24. Here's one from Saturday October 21, 1905.

Public Opinion [New York] vol. 39 no. 17 "Experience of a Shop Girl. II In the Working Girl's Home" by Elizabeth Howard Westwood p. 517 col. 2.

"Well, that gets my goat," gasped Alice when we recovered speech. "The nerve of her  You'd think no one else had ever seen a college girl!"

Stephen Goranson



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