Fun Fact December 2, 2020.
2 December 2020
Ok, let’s shake a leg! There are a couple of meanings for this phrase; to get up and move, to hurry up and do something or to dance. There is an Aboriginal dance called Shake A Leg. According to Grammerist dot com The first use of shake a leg to mean hurry up is found in the New York Magazine in 1904. The origins of the phrase shake a leg are a bit murky, however, there are claims that the term comes from the American Civil War, when after a battle, stretcher-bearers would violently jostle a leg or arm to see if they could elicit a response from a victim on the field and thereby ascertain if he were alive or dead. I suppose if they got a response, the stretcher-bearers would shake a leg of their own to get the patient to the help they needed.