Posted by ESC on May 29, 2006
In Reply to: "Fan it", which is the title of a swing song by Woody Herman posted by Sarah on May 29, 2006
: I'd like to know more about the phrase "fan it", which is the title of a swing song by Woody Herman. I can guess that it's an exhortation to dance, but am wondering whether it relates to a particular step or move. Or perhaps I have it completely wrong?
My two cents. My mother's generation (born in the early 1900s) talked about people fanning around. We'd call it partying. Going here and there trying to have a good time. It was said with a disapproving tone.