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Boucan

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Donner un boucan. To give a dance. Boucan or Bocan was a musician and dancing master in the middle of the seventeenth century. He was alive in 1645.

“Thibaut se dit estre Mercure,

Et lʹorgueilleux Colin nous jure

Quʹil est aussi bien Apollon

Que Boccan est bon violon.”


Sieur de St. Amant (1661).


“Les musiciens qui jouent au ballet du roi sont appelés ‘disciples de Bocan.ʹ”—Histoire Comique de Francion (1635).

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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