Lexicon Valley: The etymology and history of the phrase “to get one’s goat” with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

We Need Your Help! Where Did the Phrase Get One’s Goat Come From?

We Need Your Help! Where Did the Phrase Get One’s Goat Come From?

A show about the mysteries of English.
Nov. 17 2014 12:31 PM

Help Solve the Mystery! Where Did Get One’s Goat Come From?

Listen to Slate’s show about the etymology of a thoroughly caprine phrase, featuring lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

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Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 47: LinguaFile V

Mike Vuolo and Bob Garfield discuss the etymology and history of the phrase get one’s goat with Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer. For more on get one’s goat, visit Zimmer’s Word Routes column on Vocabulary.com.

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