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Re: It takes two to tango...

Posted by Steve E on June 13, 2005

In Reply to: Re: It takes two to tango... posted by David FG on June 10, 2005

: : : It takes two to tango? What does it means and why the word tango?

: : For those of us who remember songs from 1952...

: : Takes Two To Tango

: :
: : Takes two to tango two to tango
: : Two to really get the feeling of romance
: : Let's do the tango do the tango do the dance of love

: : You can sail on a ship by yourself
: : Take a nap or nip by yourself
: : You can get into debt on your own
: : There are lots of things that you can do alone

: : But takes two to tango two to tango
: : Two to really get the feeling of romance
: : Let's do the tango do the tango do the dance of love

: : You can croon to the moon by yourself
: : Well you can laugh like a loon by yourself
: : Spend a lot go to pot on your own
: : There are a lot of things that you can do alone

: : But takes two to tango two to tango
: : Two to really get the feeling of romance
: : Let's do the tango do the tango do the dance of love
: : Takes two takes two
: : Darling it always takes two
: : To tango

:
: Literally, it is of course, true. It DOES take two to tango. By extension, it is used to suggest that a person accused (or guilty) of something did not act alone. An example might be:

: Qu. 'You know that X is an adulterer?'

: Ans. 'Yes, but it takes two to tango.'

: Why tango? I suspect euphony. It sounds better than (for instance) 'it takes two to waltz' (even though it does).

: DFG

Similar to the phrase about doing "the horizontal mambo"