Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Etymology

The Modern English word goat comes from the Old English gāt which meant "she-goat", and this in turn derived from Proto-Germanic *gaita, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ghaidos meaning "young goat" , itself perhaps from a root meaning "jump" . To refer to the male of the species, Old English used bucca  until a shift to he-goat  occurred in the late 12th century. "Nanny goat" originated in the 18th century and "billy goat" in the 19th.

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