Spats (was Re: looking for different songs (not at all on topic, really))

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Sat Sep 4 02:35:21 EDT 2004


Roger wrote:

>Spats cover the instep and ankle; they're worn over shoes to keep mud
>and other spray off them. It's short for "spatterdash". Not a shoe at
>all, therefore, but worn on the foot. (I think "gaiters" are the same
>thing.)

Unless I am very much mistaken, spats are *also* a particular type of shoe,
so named because they look like they have spats on top. And which would have
been worn by gangsters of the Al Capone era.





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