Pearson Adult Learning Centre Home
Pearson Adult Learning Centre
 
          
 
  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (March 30, 2009)
 


You Dirty Rat!

If you've ever watched old movies on TV, you may have heard a character exclaim, "You dirty rat!" The word "rat" has a number of uses in English, none of them very flattering!

For example, "to rat on" someone is to tell someone in authority about another person's misdeeds. If you do that, someone might call you a "rat."

Another use is "to smell a rat," meaning that you suspect the other person has done something wrong.

Finally, because rats often run in mazes in scientific experiments we have the use "rat race, " which means to go mindlessly along without thinking, just like a rat in a maze!

 

See our most recent tips.

Tips from November 2001 to April 2002

Tips from September 2000 to October 2001.

Tips from January to August 2000
Tips from January to December 1999

 

 

Visit our Contact Us page to send email to the centre.
Copyright 1997 to 2009 Pearson Adult Learning Centre, New Westminster School District 40
Web Site Created by The Educated Web
Last modified: July 31, 2009