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glissade

a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
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Choosing the route up a peak in the star-studded purple of dawn, glissading down a sun- washed snowfield for hours on a bluebird day, setting up tents in a whirlwind of flapping nylon as the gusts pick up before a storm and then curling up in a sleeping bag as the lightning flashes white and orange on the stony peaks above: exhilarating.
Sometimes words semiotically unfold to become the action: pronounce the "th" in Thailand, and what evolves is "all restaurants in thigh-land offer ballet parking lanky black youths in fuchsia tutus glissading into automobiles and gracefully backing into rows" (36).
Glissading - a fancy word for sliding down the mountain on your rear end - was fun.