Date: Wed, 8 Feb 1995 04:55:25 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Bounced Mail (re cakewalk) Reminder: When including a previous list posting in something you're sending to the list, be sure to edit out all references to ADS-L in the headers. **************************************************************** > Date: Tue, 7 Feb 1995 20:08:28 -0500 > Subject: ADS-L: error report from IUP > > The enclosed mail file, found in the ADS-L reader and shown under the spoolid > 4031 in the console log, has been identified as a possible delivery error > notice for the following reason: "Sender:", "From:" or "Reply-To:" field > pointing to the list has been found in mail body. > > ------------------ Message in error (77 lines) ------------------------- > Date: Tue, 07 Feb 1995 20:06:24 -0500 (EST) > From: BARBARA HILL HUDSON > Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries > Organization: Indiana University of Pennsylvania > > Subj: RE: 3 Lexicographic Queries > > Date: Mon, 06 Feb 1995 08:53:10 -0500 (EST) > From: Wayne Glowka > Subject: Re: 3 Lexicographic Queries > > >.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. > > Wayne Glowka > Professor of English > Director of Research and Graduate Student Services > Georgia College > Milledgeville, GA 31061 > 912-453-4222 > wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN > > I have always thought that cakewalks in the African American community (during > and right after slavery) were competitions in which couples performed creative > and difficult dance steps for the prize of a cake. I thought that this > activity took place at parties. As a matter of fact I think that I've seen > illustrations of couples high stepping with the word cakewalk somewhere in the > caption. Now the leap I made was that the expression, "that takes the cake" > came from those competitions and the meaning was "that performance was the most > [outstanding, outrageous, surprising] of all" What do you think? > > BHHudson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]