My Meandering Mind

May 31, 2015 08:01 – 08:01

I finally became curious enough about the term “Morris Dancing” to look up its etymology. According to my dear friend and expert in all things, N. Ternet, it’s derived from the word Moorish. So, it might’ve referred to dancing done by the Moors, which is a European term applied to Muslims, but originally derived from Mauritania or Morocco, or maybe both. The Spanish word is “Moro”, which is pretty damn similar to Morocco, which itself is pretty damn close to Spain.

All of these odd thoughts began when I wondered whether Morris the Cat does Morris Dancing… by definition. Morris the Cat—used in cat food advertising in the latter part of the 20th century—is thought by many to have been the original Grumpy Cat. I don’t see the resemblance, but, I’m by no means a catologist.


I’m singing this morning at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. I might sway a little, but I won’t be doing any Morris Dancing.

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