Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: The Netherlands
Ferrari Life Posts: 290
Perhaps the Merriam Webster entry is of use in getting to grips with the niceties of this phrase:
Main Entry: prance
Inflected Form(s): pranced; pranc·ing
Etymology: Middle English prauncen
Date: 14th century
1 : to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
2 : to ride on a prancing horse
3 : to walk or move in a spirited manner : strut; also : to dance about
: to cause (a horse) to prance
As you see, "prancing" does capture both the direct and the more suggestive meaning of "rampante", i.e.:
- moving by springing from the hind legs
- strutting with pride, which is certainly implied by the Ferrari-logo and the word "rampante"
Moreover, the fact that it is a Middle English word (of 14th century origins apparently) dovetails nicely with the heraldic context "rampante" normally appears in.
All in all, "prancing" appears to be simply a more elegant English alternative for "rampante" than the deceivingly similar looking yet subtly less rich "rampant".
A horse is a horse, of course, of course, and no one can talk to a horse of course. That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister F.
Last edited by IPF; 11-17-2009 at 01:49 PM.