[Ads-l] QOTY? "It was not my first sword dance." --- Rex Tillerson.

Marc Sacks msacksg at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 24 12:19:29 EDT 2017


There are lots of sword dances in the world. I'm most familiar with the
English (longsword and rapper) and Scottish varieties. I've never done or
seen a sword dance from the Arab world, so I have no idea what they look
like.

I never knew that the phrase had a gay connotation, and I doubt that
Tillerson does either.

Marc Sacks

On Wed, May 24, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

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> Not at all meaning to be crude, but "sword dance" immediately made me
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> Certainly haven't heard that phrase before. Perhaps he was describing
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> ootwork in fencing or sword fighting to avoid being struck...?
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> > On May 23, 2017, at 6:11 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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> > "I hadn't been practicing, Chris, but it was not my first sword dance,"
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