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...