Posted by Smokey Stover on September 02, 2004
In Reply to: Stepping out posted by Lewis on September 02, 2004
: : : : : I've mentioned previously that my first husband was 35 years older than me. Therefore sometimes he came out with things I'd not heard before that were no doubt from a previous generation and no doubt nowadays, would often be politically incorrect.
: : : : : On one occasion we were out and this no doubt cute little blonde number walked past. She was wearing an impossibly short skirt, impossibly high heals, impossibly netted black stockings and (the b*tch) had perfect legs. (Who me, bitter - no way - hehe - I would never take myself so seriously - sorry, just couldn't resist). Anyway, he said to me, as he gawked at her "Well there's a high steppin' little filly".
: : : : : I'm afraid the remark was so bizarre and corny that I just fell about laughing. But has anyone ever heard this term before (particularly used in this context), and does anyone know where it comes from? It was a new one on me.
: : : : Not this side of one-star western...
: : A filly is a female horse. And, yes, I've heard the term.
: 'High-stepping' is used to indicate 'brightness' of demeanour - think dressage and horses picking up their feet rather than slouching around.
It is my contention that along with the Y chromosome men inherit a certain pleasure in using colorful speech, including a lot of terms for females, some of which are slang and some of which are interesting metaphors, like this one. That's a wonderful phrase for a young woman with a bit of a strut. And yes, I've heard it before. SS