Posted by R. Berg on July 05, 2005
In Reply to: Hissy fit posted by ESC on July 04, 2005
: : : ok, here's one thats not listed. I often hear my g/f refer to someone having a 'hissy fit' any ideas people?
: : A fit is a sudden burst of activity.
: : Perhaps hissy is an alteration of hysterical.
: : Put the two together and you have an hysterical burst of activity aka hissy fit.
: A variation: a screaming hissy fit.
: And here are two expressions along the same line: a Donald Duck fit or a duck fit.
Cats hiss when they're feeling hostile. That's where I assumed "hissy fit" came from. --rb