GOAT may be one of the greatest of all time slang. What… we don’t know that a goat is an animal? Of course, we do! But that is not the G.O.A.T. we are referring to in this article. While many enjoy the bliss of learning the English language to perfection, we sure shift to a slang when in informal situation.
While the concept of slang is not novel, the use of acronyms as slang is at an upsurge in the US. One of the trending slangs on a high these past few months is -G.O.A.T.
Expanding G.O.A.T. slang
As you read above, G.O.A.T. is an acronym, which means it expands into something comprehensible. The appropriate expansion of this word is ‘Greatest Of All Time.‘
This slang is usable as a Noun, as well as an adjective. All you should know is, when you use this acronym, it should be for someone who is the best! Much like no one has been able to surpass the person’s achievements in that arena.
If you dig deeper, one finds that G.O.A.T. comes from the sport of boxing, where assumably, one of the boxers used this term as self-praise. This is one of the reasons why it did not come into immediate use. People found the word more associated with arrogance and over-confidence rather than a word of inspiration.
Several people from the UK claim that one could take offence if they hear this slang for the reasons cited above.
Although, it wasn’t until the year 2000, when a famous rapper LL Cool J titles his eight studio album with this name- Greatest of all time, along with its abbreviation.
The Urban Dictionary accepted this slang as a part of its dictionary in the year 2003.
Using this Slang
Every time you want to refer to someone who is indeed the master in his/her field, you can use this acronym. Although, people on social media now use the emoji of a goat (the animal) in reference to this abbreviation.
While it is mostly associated with musicians and athletes, it has now enveloped a larger audience as apparently, it sounds ‘cool’.
If you use it, then make sure you’re using it right, and for someone who deserves this regard. Nonetheless, you can use it as an inspiration too. Don’t you want to be G.O.A.T. in the knowledge of the English language?
G.O.A.T is often used as word rather than an acronym in chat applications like Snapchat, Whatsapp, and other social networks. However, the meaning remains the same, i.e., Greatest Of All Times
Well, unless you are referring someone as goat, the animal, it is normally meant as a rare compliment
To Goat someone normally refers to get someone’s goat, meaning to annoy someone.
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