two to tangle vs two to tango :

two to tangle or two to tango

A 1952 song popularized the phrase “it takes two to tango”; and it was quickly applied to everything that required two parties, from romance to fighting. Later, people baffled by hearing the phrase used of conflicts imagined that the proper word must be “tangle.” Perhaps if they had thought of the fierce choreography of Parisian apache dancing they would not have been so confused. “It takes two to tangle” will seem the normal phrase to some people, a clever variation to a few, and an embarrassing mistake to many people you might want to impress.

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  • Williston aircraft company teams with Bolivian Air Force
    It takes two to tango, and after a recent agreement between the Bolivian Air Force and a Williston aircraft company, the two partners are collaborating.
    June 29, 2013 - The Gainesville Sun
  • Gallery glance - Fri, 28 Jun 2013 PST
    What: “Two to Tango” features a selection of visual art from the permanent collection of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, including Ruby Autio’s Hellgate Appaloosa. Where: The MAC, 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane, in a gallery that recently underwent a lighting renovation to use new LEDs that don’t produce damaging UV light
    June 28, 2013 - The Spokesman-Review
  • Does Yankees' 'Bronx Zoo' Atmosphere Show Nothing Has Changed Since George?
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    June 28, 2013 - Bleacher Report