Date: Sat, 4 Feb 1995 02:55:51 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries Cakewalks were common folk events at dances in 19th century America, on into the middle of the 20th in some communities. At some point in the evening the males would march (to music) around a table that had pastries brought by the females and when the band stopped or gave some sort of signal the males stopped and each had to buy the item of pastry in front of him. I recall seeing this in the 1940s in Texas. There are variants of this event, as with all folk events. Rather than being an American expression the verb 'to draft' would be a technical term for a somewhat recent practice in American banking. Many Americans are reluctant to allow banks to set up automatic payments to businesses, perhaps because of the number of bank failures during the Depression of the 1930s. "Drafting" could also apply to a single transaction by means of a bank draft, now more likely to be done electronically. I think Americans may do less "drafting" than Europeans and Brits do. DMLance