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Shoat or Geep

Definition: A cross between a goat to a sheep

Pronunciation: For shoat,  say it like you see it. For geep, the ‘g’ sound is similar to the ‘g’ in ‘gum’ or ‘guru’.

Origin

1984 Institute of Animal Physiology (Cambridge, England). Geep is more commonly used as Shoat already has another agricultural meaning (a piglet that has been weaned). Technically speaking, a ‘Sheep-Goat-Chimera’ is the name when the sheep and goat embryos are combined in a lab. Interestingly, in the mature animal, the ‘sheep’ parts were woolly and the ‘goat’ parts were hairy. There is another mechanism by which a geep or shoat can be produced, however. It usually involves a goat learning how to put on a Barry White record and the sheep shearing her wool into the shape of a negligee… While this also results in geep/shoat production, the offspring is, technically, a ‘hybrid’ rather than the lab-produced ‘chimera’. The main difference here, however, is that hybrid geep/shoat cannot reproduce – but the chimera geep/shoat can – but it can only pass on either sheep or goat genes.

Why This Word?

Everybody loves goats. Everyone loves sheep even more. The fact that there is an animal that combines the two demands our attentions.

How to use the word geep or shoat in a sentence?

The best way of recognizing a geep/shoat? Look at the tail – it should protrude horizontally from the base of the spine. At that stage, if you see one in a field, you get to say “Hey kids – look – it’s a geep!”.

The second best use of geep/shoat is this new tongue twister that I have invented:

Sheep/Goat/Geep/Shoat

Geep/Shoat/Sheep/Goat

Try saying that ten times over and I guarantee that you’ll come up with a few linguistic hybrids of your own.

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Written by Sean Carabini

Seán Carabini is a Dublin-based author. To date, Seán has written the humorous travel memoirs 'Sticking Out in Minnesota' and 'American Road', as well as 'American Road: The poems' - a book of travel poetry related to the memoir. Seán has also developed a podcast based on the book - subscribe to the American Road podcast today! Seán is a committee member of the Irish Writers' Union.

Chrissy Skelton is Seán Carabini's editor. A graduate of the University of Minnesota's Anthropology programme, Chrissy emerged armed with an arsenal of little-known words and cumbersome jargon - all of which will now be off-loaded onto 'unusedwords' readers!

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