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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Saturday Statute Break A Leg

Saturday Statute Break A Leg

Most people are familiar with the phrase “break a leg”, used to wish actors (a known superstitious group), good luck before a performance. The origin of this phrase is debated and fascinating to read about http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/11/origin-of-the-phrase-break-a-leg/, but it is a phrase that dancers do not use. We have an entirely different way to wish each other well. It is the word “merde”. The translation in English is that of a four-letter word that means human or animal waste.

How did “merde” come to be the accepted word for dancers? Supposedly, back in the day, when horse-drawn carriages carried the elite to the theatre, the horses would, naturally, leave their “calling cards” on the street. The more merde in the street, the more people in the audience.

Now you know!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Statute #103:
Unlike actors, dancers never say “break a leg” before a performance.

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Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

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