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#114208 - 10/21/03 11:42 PM Why frogs?
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I was reading a book last night which said (something along the lines of) ".. and I was frog-marched down the hallway". (I can't remember the exact quote, and now I can't find it... d'oh!)

Anyone got any ideas about why the frogs were being marched, as opposed to any other animal? And how were the frogs marching? Have you ever seen a frog march? They's jumping, leaping and - at a stretch - hopping, but I ain't never seen them marching.


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#114209 - 10/21/03 11:53 PM Re: Why frogs?
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#114210 - 10/22/03 12:14 AM Re: Why frogs?
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Thanks Max...

Interesting, I can see the frog imagery now, but it definitely wasn't the impression I got from the book, as I recall reading it. Better go find it again, and re-imagine what was actually going on at the time.


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#114211 - 10/22/03 04:09 PM frogmarch in action
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#114212 - 10/22/03 08:42 PM Re: frogmarch in action
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Thanks tsuwm, that's kinda the same context that was in the book I was reading. Can't imagine two people actually dragging her by the arms up the aisle, with her feet dragging behind. "Oooh, don't drag my (cross out inappropriate colours) [white / cream / stucco / mother-of-pearl] wedding dress on the floor..."


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#114213 - 10/22/03 09:56 PM Re: frogmarch in action
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Speaking of interesting:
http://www.frogmarch.com/ Bet they're British!

From the etymology online dic.:
Frog-march (1871) originated among London police and referred to their method of moving "a drunken or refractory prisoner" by carrying him face-down between four people, each holding a limb; the connection with frog perhaps being the notion of going along belly-down. By the 1930s, the verb was used in ref. to the much more efficient (but less frog-like) method of getting someone in an arm-behind-the-back hold and hustling him or her along like that.

http://www.etymonline.com/f5etym.htm



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#114214 - 10/22/03 10:07 PM Re: frogmarch in action
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Thanks for the mantle, ma'am.

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#114215 - 10/23/03 07:33 AM Re: frogmarch in action
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This made the difference, to me: "the connection with frog perhaps being the notion of going along belly-down."


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#114216 - 10/23/03 06:43 PM Re: frogmarch in action
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As opposed to a "perp walk", which is normally done without bodily contact between escorts and escorted.


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#114217 - 10/23/03 07:16 PM Re: frogmarch in action
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>This made the difference, to me: "the connection with frog perhaps being the notion of going along belly-down."


Which I still call a mantle, since the same idea was clearly implicit in the link I posted.


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