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jetty relation?

Postby wurdpurrson » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:09 pm

Just wondering if this word is also related to the French word, jeté, the name of a broad stretching leap in ballet?
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Postby Slava » Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:08 pm

That it do be.
etymonline.com wrote:early 15c., from O.Fr. jetee "a jetty, a projecting part of a building," also "a throw," noun use of fem. pp. of jeter "to throw" (see jet (v.)). Notion is of a structure "thrown out" past what surrounds it.
So, in ballet it means "with the leg thrown out".
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Postby wurdpurrson » Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:01 am

When an accomplished dancer executes a jeté, both the leading and the trailing leg are thrust out, forming a "split" high in the air. Pretty impressive.
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