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Rat stompers

Posted by Mark H Johnson on September 27, 2008 at 07:02

I coined the phrase "rat stompers" in 1965 in Delta Utah, referring to shoes or boots. I got my high school buddies to stop the car at night on a lonely highway when a rat appeared in the headlights, then get out and try to stomp on it. No one ever succeeded - the kangaroo rats seemed to enjoy this sport, remaining on the highway and jumping around between our feet until it got tired. As editor, I published an article describing this new sport in the High School Newspaper, and began referring to shoes as "rat stompers". Has anyone heard of a prior coining of the phrase "rat stompers", as in "I see you are wearing some fine new rat stompers, Alice."?