"giant steps"/ "may-I"

Barbara Need nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Mon Jul 10 15:31:10 UTC 2006

>Our local version (Nashville, late 1960's) had giant steps, baby steps,
>backward steps, umbrella steps . . .

And what might an umbrella step be?

>  >
>>  Never heard it called "Captain, May I?," but I recall that
>  > "baby steps" were the opposite of "giant steps."


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