G098 Memories of Figure Names 25 – Fleckerl (English & Japanese)

投稿者: | 2022年7月20日

Since October 2011, I have been posting articles titled “Memories of Figure Names” on Facebook group “Ballroom & Latin Dancer Memory Lane”. I decided to leave those articles on this HP for record.
2011年10月からFacebookグループ”Ballroom & Latin Dancer Memory Lane”に「フィガー名の思い出」という記事を投稿しています。 これらの記事を記録のためにこのHPに残すことにしました。


“Memories of Figure Names No.25 Fleckerl”

I haven’t danced Vinnie’s Waltz in our circle or personally since I started ballroom dancing, but I’ve still wanted to know what “Fleckerl” means. What I found unexpectedly early was that Fleck means “spot, small thing” in German.

Decades later, “THE IRVINE LEGACY” (Oliver Wessel-Therhorn)published by DSI in the UK in 2009 also writes,

“The name Fleckerl comes from the German word Fleck which means spot; so this figure must be danced on the spot.”

I imagine English-speaking and German-speaking people would accept that explanation as a given. But I could not accept it because it is the explanation of “Freck” and NOT “Fleckerl”. So my investigation went on.


I think it’s over 20 years later since my investigation started, when one day I found a website of an Austrian restaurant by chance, I learned for the first time there was a kind of spaghetti called “Fleckerl”. And the website explained it is so called because it’s a small “thing“.

I was very pleased to have found this site and immediately wrote an email kindly asking for a little further explanation of the “erl”. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a reply but that’s life. Still, I was convinced that the meaning of the Fleckerl in Viennese Waltz was like “things that is danced on the spot”.


Today, the Internet has developed further than at that time, I was able to learn a little deeper:-

“-erl’ is a diminutive, mainly used with nouns and adjectives as an affix to express ‘smallness, and, by extension, cuteness, friendliness, etc.”



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「フィガー名の思い出25 フレッカール(Fleckerl)」


それから何十年も経った2009年に英国のDSI社から出版された”THE IRVINE LEGACY” (Oliver Wessel-Therhorn)にも、




でも、なぜフレックの説明でフレッカールの説明ではないのでしょう? 英語圏やドイツ語圏の人たちはすんなり理解できることなのでしょうが、そうした言語の圏外に育った私には納得できなかったため、調査は続きました。