[Ads-l] Kicks

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Tue May 19 03:54:01 UTC 2015

I became aware of it in the song from 2011, "PUmped Up Kicks": 

It was probably around before then, but FWIW.


On 5/18/2015 11:42 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
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> Subject:      Kicks
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> Just wanted to do a quick check on status of "kicks". I vaguely recall it
> being used as a soccer/football (any football) reference to specialized
> shoes/cleats. For example, one of the texts messages duplicated in the
> Wells Report referred to "kicks" (there's some dispute as to whether this
> was code for specific pressure or actually a request for a pair of signed
> shoes).
> But, at least for the past year or two, I keep hearing it used as a
> reference to any shoes. Just got a Target email, promoting "All kicks on
> sale".
> I'm sure Jon and Ben are keeping track of this. Was it always a reference
> for all shoes or did it evolve?
> VS-)
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