Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
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Schott's Miscellany 24 November 2009

Charles Darwin's The Origin of the Species was published (1859)


The LAMBETH WALK is a road in South London that was featured in the 1937 musical Me and My Gal. The song ("Any time you're Lambeth way, / Any evening, any day, / You'll find us all / Doin' the Lambeth walk") was accompanied by a strutting, thumb-jerking dance and the occasional ejaculation of "Oi!"

A 19th-century dance of African-American origin, the CAKEWALK originated when slaves parodied the "genteel" manners of their owners. Dancers would promenade the dance floor, improvising moves, and the most stylish would be awarded a cake.

The Minister of SILLY WALKS (John Cleese) was not at all impressed with Mr. Pudey's (Michael Palin's) silly walk: "It's not particularly silly, is it? I mean, the right leg isn't silly at all and the left leg merely does a forward aerial half turn every alternate step."

To go by WALKER'S BUS, to take teh MARROWBONE STAGE, and to ride SHANK'S PONY are all euphemisms dfor walking.

In shooting parlance, beaters DRIVE or WALK UP to dislodge birds from the undergrowth into the oncoming hail of shot.

To be ordered to WALK SPANISH is to be made redundant, or laid off, as is to be given one's MARCHING ORDERS or WALKING PAPERS.

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