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Saturday, December 26, 2009

What's the origin of the phrase "trip the light fantastic"?

: trip the light fantastic

It kind of reminds me of a 311 song, but I'm not sure which one.

Answer: It has evolved over centuries!
Before you can say come, and goe,
And breathe twice; and cry, so, so:
Each one tripping on his Toe,
Will be here with mop, and mowe.
Here, mop, and mowe means "a grimace."
Come, and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastick toe.
And in thy right hand lead with thee,
The Mountain Nymph, sweet Liberty;
Here, trip means "to step lightly or nimbly," and light and fantastick refer to the movement of the feet or dance steps.
  • After the 1832 Beaumaris Eisteddfod (literature & music festival), Secretary William Jones, Esq. wrote:
The ball room in evening at the Royal Victoria, was crowded as before by fashion, youth, and beauty; and many tripped it on the light fantastic toe, "till bright Aurora tinged the morn."
Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke
Tripped the light fantastic
on the sidewalks of New York
Source: Wikipedia

The More You Know: The 311 song I was thinking of is "Loco," but the line is:
We trip the shrooms fantastic
And shit gets drastic, elbow pull and kick
We trip the shrooms fantastic
And shit gets drastic, check it out (check it out)
Fun fact: I've seen 311 in concert 3 times.

1 comment:

Kailash said...

Reminds me of this song - even though they don't say the exact words...


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