Date: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 17:58:15 -0400

From: David R Beach dbeach[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OSF1.GMU.EDU

Subject: rat race

Thanks to Maggie Ronkin at Georgetown U for pointing me in the right


The term "rat race" first showed up in 1937 in a publication titled

_American Speech_ as a term for recreations. The rat-race was a dance of

low-grade nature. It also appears in C. Morley's _Kitty Foyle_ (1939):

"Their own private life gets to be a rat-race."

source: Oxford English Dictionary on the Web