Posted by Ruland Cardon on February 23, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Cut a rug? posted by Ms. Laurie S. Dell, B.A. on February 13, 2005
: To cut a rug is a term that became popular jargon in the 1920's when young persons, much as they do today, developed their own jargon or slang for use in their own peer groups. cutting a rug does indeed refer to dancing. Much as the sayings "Get down" and "Boogie" are the more recent vernacular referring to the same action. Its just a saying used by a particular youth group in the 1920's & 1930's, mostly in the U.S. In short, its slang.
How did this originate?