I have the following options in mind:

  • stamp the foot on the ground
  • hit the foot on the ground
  • bang the foot on the ground
  • stomp the foot on the ground

which of these is "most correct"?

The context:

My character is looking at this huge rat that's fearlessly gnawing at his fruit lying on the ground. He wants to scare it off, so he does this act with his right foot...

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Here are my feelings on this usage question: Stamp and stomp are the only two choices that have a literary feel to them. However, stamping one's foot is usually the result of frustration, where stomping is more what one would do to scare off a rat.

  • I'd venture to suggest that stomp is a more American term; stamp would be more common in British English.
    – Charl E
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:07
  • @CharlE, you know, it is in British English novels that I first encountered girls stamping their feet in pretty buttoned boots. In American English, it was only horses that stamped their hooves, while people stomped around, stomped off in anger and stomped on spiders.
    – Lynnjamin
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:10
  • Lucky you. Pretty boots are always pretty boots.But are you disagreeing with me or not?
    – Charl E
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:14
  • @CharlE, maybe something was lost in the tonelessness of forum commenting, but I was agreeing with you.
    – Lynnjamin
    Mar 9, 2016 at 21:50
  • no offence intended! Hope none taken; if indeed, apologies.
    – Charl E
    Mar 9, 2016 at 22:38

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