Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
Small concave pieces of wood, ivory, or plastic, joined in pairs by a cord and clicked together by the fingers as a rhythmic accompaniment to Spanish dancing.
- ‘The mic was also nice on wooden percussion - claves, castanets, etc. - and hand claps and finger snaps.’
- ‘Like the chaconne it originated in Latin America (where it was accompanied by song, castanets, and guitars) and appeared in Spain during the 16th century.’
- ‘She clicks out a rhythm, simple enough, on her castanets.’
- ‘The castanets of Spain have clicked seductively through many a French score, and Debussy can manage them as deftly as anyone.’
- ‘There was another set of timpani, another bass drum, side drums, castanets, two xylophones, and, if I recall correctly, tubular bells as well.’
- ‘If you like your Spanish guitar music in tight trousers and with castanets clicking, this probably won't be to your taste.’
- ‘Originally, these were danced to the accompaniment of singing and clapping only, with guitars and castanets added later.’
- ‘The music is infused with Latin influence but retains mainstream tempo and rhythms - so no castanets but the laid back Spanish attitude of ‘mañana mañana’ is here in spades.’
- ‘Think of castanets, foot stamping, tambourines and bright silk costumes and you have a picture of the fandango, a sexually provocative, very popular, Spanish dance.’
- ‘Drumming groups may also include a lively mix of castanets, beaten bells, and even wind instruments.’
- ‘She had managed to put together castanets with pieces of wood and string, which she need for the dance.’
- ‘In this showcase of the well known (but little understood) Latin dance form, we learn that flamenco is not just about castanets, señoritas in frilly gowns and fancy footwork.’
- ‘Other things get a look in too, for example castanets get clicked, fans get fluttered and shawls get twirled as well.’
- ‘I dream about the colours, the smells, the sounds of castanets and guitars, of old Spanish men singing and women and children laughing and dancing…’
- ‘If I had said Spanish, you'd have said something like guitar, castanets, bullfights and such.’
- ‘This should be a subtly sexy piece with flowing movement that acts as a counterpoint to the percussive orchestral castanets.’
- ‘After the waltz-like opening the track does a quick U-turn into a castanet flavored jig before doing a quick hop on a drum roll that opens the door for a trumpet solo that runs the song out.’
- ‘Somewhat like castanets, the dancer holds the pieces of bamboo in her hands and clicks them together, thus contributing to the musical quality and overall rhythmic effect of the performance.’
- ‘Flutes, oboes, bagpipes, castanets, and other instruments hang with sheet music, a jester's staff, and a theatrical mask.’
- ‘Instruments used in traditional Moroccan music include the tbal, a double-headed drum, and the querqbat, or metal castanets.’
Early 17th century: from Spanish castañeta, diminutive of castaña, from Latin castanea chestnut.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.