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GUEST,PMB Folklore: What is a ballad? (39) RE: Folklore: What is a ballad? 11 Mar 08

I'm surprised nobody's pointed out that the mediaeval origin of 'ballad' is in dance- "balar entre nos" - and suggests that the words were originally sung (perhaps improvised) while dancing. I don't know how that affected the folkish usage of the word, or for that matter the pop usage, but it does suggest that the word's slept around a bit.

Incidentally, while checking the spelling of 'balar' I ran across this very interesting blog about language, culture, children's songs, folklore and much more.

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