"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Wednesday, 8 April 2009


Barre, as used in ballet terminology, refers to a handrail used during warm up exercises. The term can also be more widely used to refer to the series of exercises using that handrail.

Why include this unlikely word in my list, you might wonder? The answer is that it came up in a crossword and I had never previously realised that the bar around a dance studio was actually spelled barre.

1 comment:

  1. Seeee? Learn something new every stinkin' day!