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If dancing is so graceful, why is it called TRIPPING the Light Fantastic?

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If dancing is so graceful, why is it called Tripping the Light Fantastic?

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Yes, this is weird!
No explanation for our language as there are several things like this that are very odd.....

There must be a reason for it as it would have started somehow but who knows???
by Finy
The phrase comes from a 1645 poem by Milton. It was also mentioned by Shakespeare in one of his plays, talking about dancing, this line from a poem has come into common usage in speech and writing.
by Lluxi
It's not graceful when I do it!
by Finy
Me either . . . !
by Rice
I'm in the dark . . . . . . Tripping the light. Fantastic!

by Rice
by Finy
Rice...once again you made me smile :)

by jonaja
I think that in order to appear to be a graceful dancer, there would have been a lot of TRIPPING.
If you ever want to lift your spirits just take a look at these two on YT...and if it doesn't make you smile, nothing will :)
by jonaja
Ditto from me as well. I'm a hopeless dancer! I didn't even dance at my wedding, & neither did anyone else!
by Miro
I don't know
by AJ
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