What is the origin of the term "cut a rug"?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
It came from jitterbugging in the 1930s when couples danced in an especially vigorous fashion which, when done on a carpet, gave the impression of "cutting" or "gashing" the rug. That's about it. It means to dance.
- 4 years ago
Although most agree it is related to dancing and was coined in the late 20s to early 30s, there are two distinct ideas of what it actually refers to and where it came from. One theory is that the vigorous dancing to the fast music of that era made permanent marks in rugs that looked like a "cut" in the fabric. The other idea says it came from "rolling" up the rugs and moving the furniture to make room for dances like the Charleston.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago