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New Term Officially Recognised

July 2nd, 2013

99px-CF46618267_109996904033When a term or phrase gets into the Oxford English Dictionary you know that it’s for real: whatever it refers to really does exist.

I have denied the existence of this particular phenomenon for years, but now the BBC tells me that:

“Last month, this distinctive style [of dancing] was officially recognised when the phrase “dad dancing” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Its definition: “An awkward, unfashionable, or unrestrained style of dancing to pop music, as characteristically performed by middle-aged or older men.”

If you must, you can watch a video on the BBC site that illustrates the phenomenon, and some nice daughters who are trying to help their dads get over this handicap.

2 Responses to “New Term Officially Recognised”

  1. This is hilarious! In my neck of the woods, we call this “dancing like a white man”

  2. My dad danced constantly, in a dad dancing style of course. He had an intentionally silly dance style that he liked to get into just to cut up, because he was always a big ham. He also used to go to square dancing and contra dance with my mother, but i never went with them, so i don’t know how he did out on the floor then. I guess i need to ask my mom about that!

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