Word of the Day – August 1, 2012

broadside (noun)

BRAWD sighd

a vigorous or abusive volley of criticism or denunciation: a figurative use of the tactic of simultaneously firing all the guns on one side of a warship

In 1939 the Dancing Masters of America recruited Irene Castle, the doyenne of American ballroom dancing, to deliver a broadside at their annual convention. “Jitterbug dancing is neither graceful nor beautiful,” she proclaimed. “One should float to the music.” Meanwhile, the Dancing Teachers Business Association warned that Lindy dancing was “a form of hysteria that will prove harmful to the poise of the present generation.”
Robert P. Crease     February 1986

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