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Don’t Get My Goat – I’m Not Kidding


In this episode of Animalogy, we explore the goat-related words and expressions in our everyday language — particularly those formed by the Old English words goat, buck, and kid (such as butcher, “kidding around,” and goatee). You’re going to love it. I kid you not. (Get it?)  

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In This Episode

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau explores the many goat and goat-related words and expressions we use in our everyday language.

  • Old English words goat, buck, and kid build many other words, such as goatee, butcher, and kidding
  • Before “butcher” was borrowed from French, fleshmonger was the Old English term
  • What the term “candy butcher” means
  • (Male goat) buck expressions vs. (male deer) buck expressions
  • Kidnap, kidding, kids, kid leather, kid gloves
  •  Why are people called “Judas goats” and “scapegoats”?

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  • Jean M Harrison

    I loved this podcast – the first animalogy podcast I’ve listened to! Just one small correction for listeners… the term “bucktooth” or “buckteeth” applies primarily to upper front teeth (see http://www.dictionary.com/browse/buckteeth). Goats (and all ruminants for that matter) cannot have buckteeth as they have no teeth on their upper front jaw, just a hard gum.

    • True that, Jean. Love that you clarified that for visitors. I love accuracy!! For what’s worth, in defense of my little self, I didn’t say goats have protruding upper teeth; I believe I said that the term ‘bucktooth’ means ‘protruding upper front teeth’ (in general), which “might relate to the kicking up of a buck or might even be named for the protruding front teeth of a goat or even of a rabbit…” So, I didn’t say goats have protruding UPPERS, but I can see how it could be confused because of my just-previous reference to upper front teeth. But goats and their friggin’ cuteness, right?? 🙂 And thank you so much for listening, Jean! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 xo

      • Jean M Harrison

        Yes, goats and their friggin’ cuteness… they are absolutely the GOAT.

        • Ha! Yes! Let’s make “the GOAT” as prevalent as “the BOMB” to express something awesome. 🙂

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