cancan

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cancan.

Noun[edit]

cancan (plural cancans)

  1. A high-kicking chorus line dance originating in France.
  2. (motocross) A trick where one leg is brought over the seat, so that both legs are on one side.

Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

cancan (third-person singular simple present cancans, present participle cancanning, simple past and past participle cancanned)

  1. To dance the cancan.

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cancan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cancan

  1. cancan

Declension[edit]

Inflection of cancan (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative cancan cancanit
genitive cancanin cancanien
partitive cancania cancaneja
illative cancaniin cancaneihin
singular plural
nominative cancan cancanit
accusative nom. cancan cancanit
gen. cancanin
genitive cancanin cancanien
partitive cancania cancaneja
inessive cancanissa cancaneissa
elative cancanista cancaneista
illative cancaniin cancaneihin
adessive cancanilla cancaneilla
ablative cancanilta cancaneilta
allative cancanille cancaneille
essive cancanina cancaneina
translative cancaniksi cancaneiksi
instructive cancanein
abessive cancanitta cancaneitta
comitative cancaneineen

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Supposedly, this word originates with a dispute at the Collège de France circa 1550, over whether to use a traditional French pronunciation of Latin or a reconstructed pronunciation of Latin. One of the points of most dispute was the pronunciation of qu, with the word quamquam exemplifying this: it was pronounced in reconstructed Latin as IPA(key): [ˈkʷam.kʷã(m)] but pronounced in French Latin as IPA(key): /kɑ̃.kɑ̃/ ("cancan"). After this debacle, a "cancan" came to be "any kind of scandalous performance".[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cancan m (plural cancans)

  1. gossip
  2. cancan (dance)

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Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allen, W. Sidney. Vox Latina. Cambridge U. Press 1978 p. 107.

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French cancan.

Noun[edit]

cancan c

  1. cancan

Declension[edit]