An interesting term from the previous post on cane grinding was twistification.  “By the light of a lightwood-knot fire near by the young ones play “Twistification,” “London Bridge” and many kindred games...”

A 1904 article, Among the Georgia crackers, published in Outing magazine, sheds some light on the matter.  Games like Twistification were more like what we would call square dancing.

“Of co’se, these games ain’t regular dancing. That wouldn’t be allowed at most houses. They’re Christian dancing.”

…most of the young women join the church at fifteen or sixteen and after that will not indulge in so doubtful an amusement [as dancing]. Yet they have no hesitation in taking part in “Stealing Partners,” “Twistification,” and “Fancy Four” – games which do not differ much from dancing except in name.

“The way we play’em is this” – said a young fellow who enlightened me on the subject; “there’s music to all of ’em and while the fiddle’s a goin’ we skip aroun’ and try to knock with the music. In Stealing Partners we all have partners but one boy, and he picks out any girl he want and swings. That leave another boy without a partner, and he have to pick out a girl and swing her, and so on.

“For Twistification, we all gest in line, boys on one side, girls on the other, with room for a couple to march up the between us in dancing step. At the end of the line they swing, and we all promenade. Then we form the line and start again.

“Fancy Four is a good deal like Twistification, only two couples instead of one do the dancing and promenading.

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