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|Subject:||An elusive word|
Good evening. For years I have been searching for the word which
describes the following action:
* two people who, upon accidentally meeting face-to-face as they
walk towards each other, move left then right then left again in a
comical yet unsuccessful attempt to bypass one another.
Please put me out of my misery.
I’ve seen (literally, only in writing) the word “polkadodge” applied to what you describe. In Portuguese, for example, this is called “tango bouncing”, in free translation, so the resulting unwilling dance-like movements seem to be common to the meaning of both words.
The Urban Dictionary gives a definition for polkadodge:
I tried the Oxford English Dictionary, but it seems to frown at the word’s inclusion in its database – at least according to this Telegraph report from a few years back:
A couple of other “non-words” listed here may be of interest to you, too!
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|