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    Default Re: Saint Vitus Dance?

    For fidgety behavior, try "He's got ants in his pants."

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    Do I have this right? St. Vitus' dance is used to express fidgety "ants-in-the-pants" (good one Barb D) behavior in both Spanish and Italian, but in French, the dance of St. Guy means to be miserly? Because (from what I can figure out with my extremely limited French) it refers to the same disease, "choree de Sydenham."

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    Re: Saint Vitus Dance?
    For fidgety behavior, try "He's got ants in his pants."

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    Terrific!!!!!!
    Last edited by monty python; 21-Jun-2007 at 08:36. Reason: forgot to quote..

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    In French it defines ( or it used to define)both epilepsy and a jumpy behaviour.
    Il a la danse de St Guy Literally,It has got the St Guy's dance.
    I'm teacher and unfortunately not a writer.
    Besides he's got ants in his pants could have been a Cockney expression. It sounds as if it was anyway .

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    Anyone up for a virtual round of this entertaining classic game?

    Chomat, then what did you mean by post #6?

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    the to spend a penny thing ? or dancer in vitus #8?

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    The spend a penny thing.

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    Right ! an old fashioned British expression for to go for a pee.

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    Good heavens, I didn't even think of that. I don't suppose I've heard of it more than once or twice in my whole life. In that case, my husband does not know all the steps to that dance.

    Here in the southern US we have the even more obscure, "go see a man about a dog" or "a horse." I remember hearing that as a child and embarrassing my father by wanting to go see the dog too, until he finally explained what his friend had meant.

    Well, I have now wandered far from the subject of St. Vitus' dance, but at least we are still discussing idiomatic usage.

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    To go see a man about a dog ! so lovely !! I heard once to bleed the lizard but here I'm standing on the brinks of rudeness.
    Nice to learn some Southern idioms.

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