hoe-down in HDAS

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Feb 8 17:10:52 UTC 2014

At 2/8/2014 11:05 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Holy moo-cow, man!

Shouldn't that be "Holy moo-cow, BATman!"?

>HDAS also suggests that "hoedown," n., derives from "hoe it down," to dance
>a particular sort of step.

Does HDAS (toi?) take the "particular sort of step", as I've
wondered/suggested here, back to slave and prison work-gangs hoeing
in unison with a song, the dance step imitating the striking of the
hoe on the ground?


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