A carmagnole is a style of energetic street song. To understand where the word for it comes from, we have to go back to August of 1792, when an actual song called La Carmagnole emerged during the French Revolution- a musical account of the monarchy's demise that was quite popular among the revolutionaries (sort of like La Marseille). The name for this came from the dance they did during the song, and the dance was named after a specific type of short jacket worn by the sans cullottes as they sang and danced the Carmagnole. This jacket originated from a specific area in Piedmont, the town of Carmagnola, where our journey ends. Despite that tumultuous whirlwind of an origin which took us through music, dance, attire, and cities, nobody bothered to etymologize the town name, so we'll be stuck at Carmagnola until further research is done.
Adam Aleksic is a 221-month-old, 2800-ounce high school senior with disturbing interests in etymology, vexillology, geography, board games, limericks, and law. Adam will be studying linguistics at Harvard University in the fall.
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