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Cultural Rats—How Rats have Infested Our Language, Stories, Music and Pop Culture

“Oh, rats!”  That’s what some say when something goes wrong.  When we see people quitting a failing business, we refer to them as “rats fleeing a sinking ship.”  Calling somebody a “ratfink” used to be a thing in 1963 and living in a rathole was a common saying in 1937 during the Great Depression.   As if our disgust and even hatred of these rodents are…

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