Date: Mon, 6 Feb 1995 08:53:10 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GC3.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries
CAKEWALK: I remember this to be a sort of glorified musical chairs activity
cakes as prizes, typically played at a school or church function; dictionaries
call it a dance competition. What do you think it is?
Literally: Several months ago I went to a fall fair at a primary school in
Tenille, Georgia, where one of the activities was a CAKEWALK. Numbered
squares were on the sidewalk arranged in a circle. Music was played and
the contestants walked until the music stopped. A number, I believe, was
drawn, and the person standing on that number won a cake. Articles in the
newspaper often reminisce about cakewalks in the dim past--often with
reference to the African-American portion of the community.
Figuratively: A CAKEWALK is any task that exceptionally easy to accomplish.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
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