Display. An energetically marched or paraded version of the masculine stomp, in which the legs make sharp kicking movements from the hip, with the knees locked, as the soles and heels of military boots aggressively strike the ground.
History: The 1940s-era goose-step of Nazi soldiers was visible a
half-century later when, e.g., North Korean soldiers marched on the 50th
anniversary of the founding of the Workers Party in 1995. A powerful, physical
demonstration of negative human energy, the goose-step is a military version of
the reptilian high-stand display used to figuratively stomp an enemy
to death. After WWII, the goose-step was outlawed in West Germany, making it one of the
only human gestures to be officially banned by a state.
Military. Suggesting non-agression, soldiers in every army of the world step off on the left foot when starting to march.
See also PALM-DOWN, REPTILIAN
YouTube Video: Watch a 30 second video of Russian goose-steppers.
YouTube Video: Watch a two minute video of North Korean goose-steppers.
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