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Since the term "country dancing" preceeded the invention of "Scottish Country Dancing" by over 100 years, it would seem only natural to have absorbed some of the language, some of which we currently use "improperly" ("a double triangle" must mean two of them, therefore a "double triangles" must mean three or more, our "allemande" consists of 6 bars of promenade and 2 of an "allemande").
 
The type of longways countrydance called the "ecossais" is desribed in English terms as "longways improper", meaning that the first couple is placed opposite to their normal position. If not "improperly" placed, there is no way one could do a ladies chain, or other figures from that period of time that require the ones be previously crossed over.

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