This post by Author Neva Bodin is important to read, especially for those who are not yet elderly. On Writing Wranglers and Warriors.
by Neva Bodin
“Will this be okay, Dear?” The young man indicated a booth in my favorite restaurant for my out-of-town friend and me.
“Fine,” I gritted out through my teeth. I had liked him just a second before. He was around twenty, tall, fair skinned and dressed in business slacks and shirt. Before he was done seating us, he had called me “Dear” three times. That really got my goat.
My grandkids’ baby goat.
It appears the term “get your goat,” meaning making someone annoyed or angry, comes from probably unknown origins. It began appearing in writings in the early 1900’s.
One popular story originates from the practice of putting goats with race horses to keep them calm. If someone wanted to cause a race horse distress, they would steal the goat.
In the Bible, goats are mentioned as gifts, sacrifices, and as bad people in Matthew 25:33. However…
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