Re: Another rat flees Tate's ship...
Posted by: Troy ()
Date: April 20, 2013 01:54PM

Here's a better explaination than I gave and it suits Tate's situation perfectly lol:

When there were wooden ships in common use, there would always be rats on board. If the ship were to sink the rats would jump off and swim away because they knew the ship was sinking and that they needed to swim to safety/shelter.
The phrase is now used to refer to people who ditch a lost cause because they weren't committed to it. Unlike the captain and men on the ship who would have tried to save it the rats just fled. Unlike the creators of a cause would try and keep the cause afloat (if you'll excuse the pun) whereas the tag along followers just there for the ride (again an interesting pun - thus why this phrase fits so nicely) would just ditch it.

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Another rat flees Tate's ship... 815 Pelata 04/20/2013 06:33AM
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Re: Another rat flees Tate's ship... 293 Troy 04/20/2013 09:49AM
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Re: Another rat flees Tate's ship...251 Troy 04/20/2013 01:54PM
Re: Another rat flees Tate's ship... 181 Pelata 04/21/2013 03:31AM


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