HAPPY CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR!
This is the year of the sheep.
No, no. It's the year of the goat.
No, wrong. It's the year of the ram.
Apparently, it's a "Western" issue: Zhao Shu, a folklore expert at the Beijing Institute of Culture and History, said in a telephone interview that the debate was silly. The creature in question arose as a general symbol of plenitude and good fortune, partly because the Chinese character yang shares roots with the one for auspiciousness, he said.
If English speakers are caught up on whether it is a sheep or a goat, that is their problem, Mr. Zhao added.