The term comes from fencing, or sword fighting, and is often called "The Lover's Parry." It is a defensive move that, if done well, deflects your partner's blade to the high right, ending with an open hand and chest, as if to ask for more. If done poorly, it exposes your heart to cold steel.
It is best used in heated flirting (instead of "Touche', which has no romantic overtones), such as "(insert your witty, but oh so obvious response to your paramour here, followed by)...Parry Six, shall we dance?" Use it when dancing is the least of your intentions.
by cobalt zebra July 26, 2007