In Reply to: Hissy fit posted by ESC on January 17, 2009 at 14:10:
: : "Hissy fit". Walter Scott in Redgauntlet refers to a character as suffering from a "hissing-hot fit" of the gout. Could this be a predecessor of the modern "hissy fit"?
: Here is what Phrase Finder says: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/hissy-fit.html I always thought it came from a mad goose hissing. It could be hissing of water on a hot stove.
Cats and kittens hiss as a warning signal in a dispute over territory. Other animals hiss, too. I once saw an opossum hiss. ~rb