What's a twizzle?

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Meryl Davis and Charlie White made history this week as the first Americans ever to win the Olympic gold medal in ice dancing. Their story was made even more dramatic by the longevity of their partnership (17 years), the longtime rivalry between them and the Canadian team Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and the surprising fact that both teams share the same coach and even train together. But for language watchers, an even more interesting question than who would take first place was this:

What's a twizzle?

As those of us who don't habitually follow ice dancing have now learned, a twizzle is a traveling spin on one skate, or to be more precise:

A traveling turn on one foot with one or more rotations, which is quickly rotated with a continuous (uninterrupted) action. The weight remains on the skating foot with the free foot in any position during the turn, and then is placed beside the skating foot to skate the next steps. (United States Figure Skating...

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A twizzle is a multirotational one-foot turn in figure skating.[1] It was first performed by David Grant in 1991. The twizzle is most commonly seen in ice dancing, where it appears in a number of compulsory dances and is a required element of step sequences in the short dance, original dance and free dance.[1] A twizzle is also common in synchronized skating where it is also a required element of step sequences.

A twizzle differs from a figure skating spin in that it travels across the ice instead of being centered in one spot. Usually skaters turn for at least four revolutions on a twizzle. [2]

Twizzles can be performed both forward and backward, on both inside and outside edges, and both clockwise and counterclockwise.[1] Twizzles are most commonly performed in an upright position with the free foot held close to the skating leg, but other variants are possible as well, such as a twizzle in a sit spin position.

Speed, ice coverage i.e. distance, unison...

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A twizzle is a multirotational one-foot turn in figure skating.[1] The twizzle is most commonly seen in ice dancing, where it appears in a number of Pattern Dances (originally called Compulsory Dance) and is a required element of step sequences in the short dance, original dance and free dance.[1] A twizzle is also common in synchronized skating where it is also a required element of step sequences.

A twizzle differs from a figure skating spin in that it travels across the ice instead of being centered in one spot. Skaters can turn several revolutions on a twizzle, the number of which depends on the level at which they are skating or what is set in the specified steps of a Pattern Dance; as defined by the ISU Technical Committee of the relevant discipline. [2]

Twizzles can be performed both forward and backward, on both inside and outside edges, and both clockwise and counterclockwise.[1] Twizzles are most commonly performed in an upright position with the free foot...

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A Rum Swizzle is a rum-based cocktail often called "Bermuda's national drink".[1][2][3][4][5][6]The Royal Gazette has referred to it as "the legendary Sam swizzle...perfect for sharing and irresistible to locals and tourists alike"[7] In addition to providing the "swizzle" portion of the 1933 swizzle stick product name,[8] it has been said that this potent cocktail is "as much a part of Bermuda Island culture and cuisine as is the Bermuda onion, the vibrant hibiscus, or the graceful Bermuda Longtail."[9]

Recipes[edit]

Different bartenders have varying interpretations of this drink. One of the older recipes was presented in the 1941 Old Mr. Boston De Luxe Official Bartender Guide.[10]Gosling's Rum, which is based in Bermuda, publishes a recipe with two different rums from their brand line.[11] Rum, fruit juice (often including lime, and orange and pineapple juice), and a flavored sweetener such as falernum or grenadine are the most consistent...

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1. Around my parts, it is code for tweak (crystal methamphetamine) and its suffix derived from the familiar word drizzle, (hydroponically grown marijuana).

2. Yeah it can mean $20 worth of something, but we already have the words 'dub' and 'twanky.' Which from the perspective of a twizzle-sketcher, needs to be less masked in cryptic slang due to general lack of money anyhow. Twizzle is also considered to be more feminine than asking for

sketch

or

twack

.

1. "Hey Masta Quinto, you heard about any twizzle?"

2. Fiend:"Hey guy on motorcycle, you know where the twizzle is at?"
Bandido: "F**k off boy"

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There's a good chance that the Olympics have introduced some new words into your vocabulary. There's the Yolo 1440 and slopestyle, but the best new word is ice dancing's twizzle. What is a twizzle, you ask? You've come to the right place.

If you've been watching the Olympics, you may have heard some pretty interesting commentary. Things that aren't apparent to the average viewer mean the world to Olympic announcers and in no event is this more clear than ice dancing. When I watch ice dancing, I see two people doing a waltz on skates and somehow not falling over. This is impressive enough on its own for me. For instance, last night I watched an Italian pair and hypothesized to my boyfriend that they would surely get a poor score because their arms were too flail-y. They immediately took first place. Ice dancing announcers understand the intricacies much better than I. When the routine is over and slow motion clips are show, that's when the true art of ice dancing can be...

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Twizzle

A twizzle is a multirotational one-foot turn in figure skating. The twizzle is most commonly seen in ice dancing, where it appears in a number of compulsory dances and is a required element of step sequences in the short dance, original dance and free dance. A twizzle is also common in synchronized skating where it is also a required element of step sequences. A twizzle differs from a figure skating spin in that it travels across the ice instead of being centered in one spot. It also differs from a series of three turns in that the turning action is continuous. Twizzles can be performed both forward and backward, on both inside and outside edges, and both clockwise and counterclockwise. Twizzles are most commonly performed in an upright position with the free foot held close to the skating leg, but other variants are possible as well, such as a twizzle in a sit spin position. Speed, ice coverage i.e. distance, unison, closeness, variety and difficulty of positions,...

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