Proper dances.

Adam Hughes

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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.

Adam
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