2-step straddle

  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    In this context it was a very specific reference back to something that chu had said (can't recall the exact phrase but it is at the start of her thread) I sort of made a joke of it, and extended the idea to a dance step.

    I had no idea about dancing or 4 step straddles either - though I think a 2-step is a sort of dance ... it was just for fun and not to be replicated in any other context!
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    Unless I missed some part of the joke, "two-step" refers to dancing and "straddle" describes failing to take a stance (metaphorically "straddling a fence" or refusing to take a stance, trying to stay on both sides of an issue).

    The poster was comically suggesting that people were trying to be both "for" and "against" something at the same time, which requires, figuratively, some creative "dancing."
     

    cuchuflete

    Senior Member
    EEUU-inglés
    Unless I missed some part of the joke, "two-step" refers to dancing and "straddle" describes failing to take a stance (metaphorically "straddling a fence" or refusing to take a stance, trying to stay on both sides of an issue).

    The poster was comically suggesting that people were trying to be both "for" and "against" something at the same time, which requires, figuratively, some creative "dancing."
    You read it exactly as I meant it when I wrote it. I think Suzi understood it perfectly, as shown by her reply.
     

    Forero

    Senior Member
    USA English
    Curiously, I think there is a straddle somewhere in the two-step. One partner steps directly between the other's feet. The two-step is sometimes used figuratively for any "tricky" manoeuvre. Besides straddling an issue, a politician may also sidestep it - another dance move. ;)
     
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