In Reply to: Hissy fit posted by R. Berg on January 17, 2009 at 17:51:
: : : "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
I can testify that a red-earred slider turtle hisses.