One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dance originating among plantation slaves in the southern US, featuring rhythmic handclapping and slapping of the thighs.
- ‘Later Moses reveals more subtle changes in character, as when, in reaction to a shock, he begins to dance, ‘half juba, half jig’.’
- ‘The term juba comes from the name of the chief drummer in the jubilee songs who pounded out the rhythms on celebration days of black culture.’
Late 19th century: of unknown origin.
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