earlier appearance of rice-burner

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Sep 17 00:45:50 UTC 2000

On Sat, 16 Sep 2000, Bernard W. Kane wrote:

> My guru Dr R L Chapman in his New Dictionary of Slang (Harper & Row 1986)
> has
> rice-burner  n  motorcyclists  A motorcycle of Japanese manufacture
> probably transf to Japanese autos and in circulation much earlier.

Here's the earliest citation I can find in a few seconds of research:

1982 _Wash. Post_ 9 Mar. (Nexis)  With all those "I'D RATHER PUSH MY
HARLEY THAN DRIVE A RICE BURNER!" Main Street is a Harley-dominated scene.

Fred Shapiro

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