Where did the word "entrechat" come from?
Posted 29 August 2012 - 05:36 AM
Find out in the latest post in my popular series of ballet etymologies: http://toursenlair.b...-entrechat.html
Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:58 AM
Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:21 PM
With Bolle, I counted thirty five entrechats without noticeable loss of height, speed, or accuracy, though possibly a bit short on human pathos. Wow.
Posted 29 August 2012 - 03:34 PM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 04:29 PM
Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:21 PM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 04:19 AM
That is what the respectable etymological dictionaries like the Oxford English Dictionary and the Larousse etymologique and the grandaddy of all French etymological dictionaries, The Franzosiches Etymologisches Worterbuch say. The earliest attestation in French is from 1609, and no phonological relation to cats is possible. But I like your description of cats batting at one another! The slippers with the embroidered cat's heads, now that's fanciful! Hey whatever works for the students.. Actually I have watched my cat jumping and they do kind of bend their legs as in a pas de chat.
I've heard that before, but do we have proof? (I always though one needed to beat as fast as paw batting between two cats...). I've never seen a cat leap like a pas de chat, but I can imagine them picking them up high to avoid stepping in water.... Perhaps you could do Pas de Chat next?
Posted 31 August 2012 - 06:18 AM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:19 AM
Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:47 AM
Hi Amy, I was a dictionary editor for 20 years, so when I talk about words, these are the sources I rely on, though I may not mention it.
That is the kind of proof I was looking for, thank you.... Sometimes we get things passed own through the generations in class that had their start in some teacher's imagination....
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