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Note 275 – Dos-à-dos, dosado and do-si-do

Dos-à-dos is French for ‘back-to-back’.  Although I seem to remember this as a dance step from my younger days, I wasn’t entirely sure of the spelling – I probably would have said that it was spelled do-si-do or something similar.  According to Wikipedia, dosado (a corrupted spelling of dos-à-dos) is a basic dance move, that can also be known as do-sa-do, do-si-do or dos-a-dos depending on the type of dance e.g. do-si-do is the name for a contra dance. online dictionary defines the noun dos-à-dos as “a figure in which the dancers pass each other right shoulder to right shoulder and circle each other back to back”.  The first known use of the word is listed as 1926.  The Free also explains that it is “a call given to signal such a movement”.

Dos-à-dos binding

This is a binding structure dating back to the 16th century, where two books are made into one volume (as in the image below).

Hand decorated paste paper (right hand side); ...

Dos-à-dos binding. Image via Wikipedia. Original image by Emma Jane Hogbin, Flickr.



Dos-à-dos is also a type of carriage or 4 wheel dogcart with back to back seats.  Some drawings of these dogcarts can be found on Wikipedia

That’s all for today.  If you know of any other meanings or spellings, please leave me a comment.

Until tomorrow…

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About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


One thought on “Note 275 – Dos-à-dos, dosado and do-si-do

  1. I bought a notebook that was designed like this from Tate Modern 🙂

    Loved it…..must go back and see if they still do them


    Posted by Vikki (The View Outside) | January 31, 2012, 7:31 am

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