[Ads-l] Kicks

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 04:05:50 UTC 2015

Well, she cracked up over
The solid fit
Walkin' down the street
In her brand new _kicks_
- "Betty-Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes"
Written and recorded by Bobby Freeman, 1958

Used as a slang term for "shoes" in BE since the '40's, at least. (I don't
have HDAS ready to hand.) A semantic variant is "stomps," with the same

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 11:42 PM, victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>

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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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