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Hissy fit

Posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2009 at 17:51

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: //www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/hissy-fit.html%20%20I%20always%20thought%20it%20came%20from%20a%20mad%20goose%20hissing.%20It%20could%20be%20hissing%20of%20water%20on%20a%20hot%20stove.

Cats and kittens hiss as a warning signal in a dispute over territory. Other animals hiss, too. I once saw an opossum hiss. ~rb