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It denotes ostentatious movement, and it derives from a mangled Anglicization of a French word meaning "gliding step." What square-dancing term is it?




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Answer: sashay

To walk either diagonally or ostentatiously (or both) is to sashay. The word — which also denotes a square dancing move — derives from the French chassé, gliding step, the past participle of the French chasser, to chase.

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In the American South, sashay means to walk together, to go for a stroll.
jc8ward at cox.net
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Well, even trying to cheat didn't work on this one. I Scroogled [scroogle.org] "square dancing terms," hoping to pick the right one out of the list, but it didn't include sashay.
dana937 at gmail.com
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Glassade is a nicer word for a gliding step in dance. Not that I could do one.
jpnill, wheaton pest
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Thanks, I have learned, finally, where the term sashay comes from.
evelyn_miller at telus.net
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Impossible, since I didn't know that sashay was a square-dance term. If the question had been about dosy-do (dos á dos, back to back) I would have got it.
nielshovmoller at gmail.com Niels Hovmoller, Stockholm, Sweden)
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Similarly, chasser is French for "to stroll." This was an easy one!
Bswigart60 at newpaltz.edu
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Ok, where does alamand left, which is the answer I guessed, come from? Actually, I've never heard sashay used in a square-dancing call or I might have thought of it.
sweet at bnl.gov
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In response to those who were wondering about the origin of "alamand," it's actually "allemand(e)," the French word for German. It was a type of courtly dance, as I remember from classical music--although I don't know how it got into square dance terminology. It makes sense, however, that terminolgy for dance moves would have carried over through the centuries and travelled from Europe to N. America. I suspect strongly that "a la main" is a false etymology.
jacko at lycos.com
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What of, glissante? Or glisten, i.e, to perhaps skate/sparkle, even ostentatiously? Yet I'll concur with sashay. But poking my nose where it doesn't belong, might the term, alamand left derive from a French compilation of ala plus main, meaning roughly "to the hand"? Many thanks! susan eaton, Taos, NM
susanleaton at hotmail.com
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Promenade is another word of French origin, that is also Square Dance move, with similar meaning.
MAzral at aol.com
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