Date: Sat, 4 Feb 1995 12:14:08 -0800 From: THOMAS CLARK Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries On Sat, 4 Feb 1995, Donald M. Lance wrote: > 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. [snip] > This is a second definition as given in DARE. DARE, incidentally, has a column and a half (!) on "cakewalk" and "cake-waltz". Don't you hate when that happens? 8-) Cheers, tlc