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Twinkle toes

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 04, 2007

In Reply to: Twinkle toes posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 04, 2007

: : : : What does 'twinkle toes' mean? Can I call someone 'twinkle toes' without offending them?

: : : My guess: I think it means someone light on his/her feet. And referring to a man as "twinkle toes" might be an insulting term for homosexual. "Light in the loafers." But if it's, for example, a little girl in a tutu, it would be a good thing.

: : "Light on your feet" means you are a good dancer. If you equate dancing well with effeteness, then that's your problem.

: I don't equate dancing well with effeteness, but I find "twinkle-toes" offensive, being at once dismissive and cutesy. Even a little girl in a tutu might well feel insulted by it.

Not, probably, the first use, but the use that likely inspired virtually all the others, is the movie, "Twinkletoes" , starring Colleen Moore as an aspiring dancer. From IMDB: "An example of an improbable genre, this silent musical, released for Christmas 1926, makes an agreeable light entertainment, at least until it collapses into a subplot of virginity threatened." It's not heard much nowadays as a cheerful monicker for a dancer, but I've never heard of it having any offensive connotation, and certainly not because of any "effeteness." (Is this a code word?)