Meryl Streep Just Learned What ‘GOAT’ Means: ‘I Thought You Were Calling Me a Goat’

Meryl Streep just learned the difference between the GOAT (AKA “greatest of all time”) and a goat (as in, the animal). Allow us to explain.

The actress’s Don’t Look Up co-star, Jonah Hill, appeared on a brand-new episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During the interview, the 37-year-old actor revealed that he’s been referring to Streep as “the GOAT.”

“Meryl Streep’s actually cool,” he told host Jimmy Fallon. “And she’s the best actor. In fact—so we’ve been doing press for this movie, and in the interviews for the past couple days, I keep saying, ‘Oh, and you know, getting to work with Meryl, she’s the GOAT.’ And Meryl, to me, she is the GOAT. She’s the greatest of all time.”

The problem? Streep didn’t know that GOAT stands for “greatest of all time.” Hill continued, “And then, today, we’re doing a press conference, and she’s like, ‘You know, Jonah is so comfortable with me, he’s been calling me a goat all week.’”

This forced a funny conversation between Streep and fellow Don’t Look Up cast member Jennifer Lawrence, who told her what GOAT actually means. “And Jennifer Lawrence explained [it] to her, ‘cause she was telling Jennifer about this,” Hill added. “And she’s so cool, she wasn’t even offended by it! She was just like, ‘I guess, he just loves me and is calling me a goat.’ And Jennifer’s like, ‘No, Meryl. It stands for ‘greatest of all time.’”

Thankfully, Hill later addressed the incident with Streep. “So, she was like, ‘Hey, thanks for calling me the GOAT. I thought you were calling me a goat this whole time,’” he said.

Classic mix-up.

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