Posted by Word Camel on February 14, 2005
In Reply to: Rug cutter posted by Ms. Laurie S. Dell, B.A. on February 14, 2005
: But my question is, if you roll up the carpet, how would a dancer "cut" a rug?
: Its just an expression not to be taken literally. It was slang that allowed one particular peer group to communicate via slang with other peers.
Yes, it's slang, but often slang expressions do have roots in literal things. Figuring out their origins is all part of the fun.