Words of the Year

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jan 4 01:47:36 UTC 2007

>On 1/3/07, davemarc <davemarc at panix.com> wrote:
>>Alphonse and Gaston were comics characters who deferred to each other ad
>>A "willie pep" is similar yet different: It's the common experience of
>>sidestepping in synch with a person walking towards you.
>Other names for this experience were suggested in a 1982 "On Language" column:
>the Alphonse-Gaston routine, or the Gastonette
>the hesitation waltz
>the no-go fandango
>the zig-zag shag
>the circumdance

This isn't what the mohel engages in after the (hopefully successful)

>the pedestrian sidestep
>the pedestrian shuffle
>the sidewalk sidestep
>the stutter-step
>faux pas de deux
>double deux
>And another one, from Rich Hall's _Sniglets_:
>--Ben Zimmer
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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