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What's the definition of a 'desert rat'?

Updated: Sep 12

Happy birthday to a desert rat! What an interesting day this is, too. It's the 19th anniversary of 9/11, it's my family's cabin's birthday, but the desert rat (who's also a twin) took the Doodle, so we will cover that definition. This was also the first day I used two sources. Welcome to another unique day here at MADMYSHA!


Urban dictionary defines "Desert Rat" as: Someone who was born, raised, or has spent most of their life in the desert. They are likely proud of where they come from because of the beauty the desert holds. Most associated with people for the Southwest; such as Western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Southern California.


Merriam-Webster defines "Desert Rat" as:

1: any of several pale-coated active rodents found in deserts (such as the American kangaroo rat or certain southern African rodents) 2 West : one who has lived much on the desert especially as a prospector



There are also the "Desert Rats", byname of the 7th Armoured Division, a group of British soldiers who helped defeat the Germans in North Africa during World War II. The Desert Rats, led by Gen. Allen Francis Harding, were especially noted for a hard-fought three-month campaign against the more-experienced German Afrika Korps, led by Gen. Erwin Rommel.


Quite the name I will say! I have plenty of desert rats in my life, how about you?





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