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What Does GOAT Mean? 

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting a friend when they use the acronym GOAT, and you aren’t sure what to make of it. GOAT is an acronym commonly used in text conversations and online on platforms like Instagram and YouTube.

What Does GOAT Mean? 

What does GOAT mean?

GOAT is an acronym for the words “greatest of all time,” and it is used to specify when someone is the best of the best at something or the best in their industry. GOAT achieved widespread popularity after being used for a Jeopardy episode where they brought back the 3 highest-earning contestants of all time.

While GOAT is mostly a texting term, it has become so popular that you can hear the acronym GOAT being used in conversations in both casual and professional situations.

How to use GOAT

  • “He is the GOAT!”
  • “JK Rowling is the GOAT of writing.”
  • “Don’t talk back about the GOAT.”
  • “I would love to be the GOAT.”
  • YNK can be any time you want to express that someone is the greatest in their industry at something.

Using GOAT the right way

GOAT is an easy acronym to use. It is almost always used in conjunction with a name (someone you think is the best) and is usually used at the end or in the middle of a sentence.

GOAT Variations

There are currently no known variations of GOAT, however, some individuals use it as an acronym for “God of all things” instead of “greatest of all time.” If you are confused about an individual’s use of the acronym, you may want to check that you have the same meaning in mind.

Should you worry about your child using GOAT?

GOAT is considered a harmless acronym, and you probably don’t have to worry about your child using it. It might be a good idea, however, to ensure whoever your child is calling the GOAT is someone that you want them to look up to in life.