M Sheffield wrote: > But why should English-speakers have adopted the French word Ecossaise to > describe a native dance form?
The dance is of French origin.
> Of course, nothing is impossible; "schottische" is the German word with the > same meaning, and is used in Scotland. > > In French, "Scottische" refers to a kind of 1-2-3-hop (or sloppy strathspey > !)
Exactly. I've always admired the Highand Scottische for being a
Scottish dance which took a dance named for a misinterpretation of how
dancing is done in Scotland and mercilessly lampooned it.