Walking Dictionary believes it knows best. It believes that 'when out walking', a thought must be given to the manner in which one is in fact walking. It believes that a walker's gaze should not focus on superfluous things, such as destination and purpose, or, solely, on the stimuli that bombard the senses. It believes that all gaits and styles are definable; however individual you believe your walk to be, however unique, however contextually dependent, Walking Dictionary believes it knows better and can, as such, promptly define it.

Derived from my favourite front-seat-on-the-bus game, Name that gait, Walking Dictionary sets out to provide a series of walking gaits and styles that can be used to help in the definition of each walkers' walk.

The first walks shown here intend to provide a simple base or platform from which to tackle more difficult gaits. The dictionary will progress from these pure or stripped back definitions to eventually defining those gaits that are very much dependent on the context in which they are shown and undertaken (i.e. it maybe difficult [but not impossible] to trek indoors, say, without the gait looking like some kind of traipse or trudge). It has been identified that many walking gaits become interchangeable when actuated and reduced down to a few steps (i.e. It is very difficult to trek in only 10 steps). It seems that these gaits sit more comfortably with the introduction of a context from which to be identified, e.g. she trekked over the Austrian Alps, for example, or, after a long day, he trudged up the stairs to his flat.

What becomes interesting, and something which Walking Dictionary intends to answer, is the question 'how mutable is each gait?' How, if in the mind's eye it is not too difficult to imagine someone trekking to the bathroom, can such a scenario be presented visually? Can language and image, which here seem so entwined, be separated? what are the implications of this break? and, what is gained or lost from such definitions?

The Walking Dictionary will use props, participants – all manner of aids – in its quest to pick apart, define and present, at times, the seemingly indefinable world of walking. 

amble [am-buhl]

goosestep [goos-step]

march [mahrch]

patter [pat
-er]

prowl [
proul]

scamper [skam-per]

shuffle [shuhf
-uhl]

stagger [stag
-er]

tiptoe [tip-toh]

waddle [wod
-l]



dawdle [dawd-l]

hobble [hob-uhl]

pad [pad]

prance [
prans, prahns]

saunter [sawn
-ter, sahn-ter]

schlep [
schlep]

slink [
slingk]

stride [
strahyd]

strut [
struht], swagger [swag-er]

trudge [
truhj]

wade [
weyd]