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Tragedy: A Goat’s Lament


Tragedy n. “goat song” Named for the dramatic plays of the ancient Greeks, characterized by a protagonist whose flaw or error in judgment leads to a series of events that cause his downfall. How it relates to goats, you’ll have to listen. You’ll also discover yet another bit of our anatomy named after an animal (in this case a goat) and another Greek word for goat, aig, which gives us even more English words. Without being under the aegis of this episode, you might otherwise be tempted to jump into the Aegean sea. 

In This Episode

In this episode, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about the goats in the word “tragedy”

  • How the word tragedy is built from two Greek words: tragos, which means “male goat” and “oide,” which means ode or song
  • Which name for a human body part is built from the same root tragos
  • Which English words are built from aig-, another Greek root meaning “goat”
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