Monday, February 27, 2006

the goat is loose

I heard someone on TV the other day use the word (and I use the term “word” loosely here) “escapegoat.” ESCAPEGOAT. Being unfamiliar with the term, I wondered: what exactly is an escapegoat? In case you don’t know what it is, I will use it in a sentence for you here:

“I am using this person as an escapegoat for my hatred of bad grammar and the abuse of the English language.”

4 comments:

ObeyMyBlog! said...

There actually is a grammar rule covering this. That type of word is called a superfluoron and usually involves a professional athlete speaking in any public forum. The person/athlete uses the correct form of the word, but panics, thinking the word does not sound complex enough, and then (incorrectly and unfortunately) appends a superfluoron to said word.

Carolyn said...

Where did you hear that. That's hilarious!

Newlywife said...

Escapegoats, aren't they why the pashmina is so expensive? Aren't they very rare goats that "escape" when you try to shave them for their luxurious coats?

Jules said...

It's "scapegoat". Surely you're just making a joke, right? A scapegoat is a person who is made to bear the blame of others. Or, basically, someone who gets dumped on and puts up with a lot of poo.