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Segue vs Segway

Segue means to move from one song, melody, scene, story or topic to another in a smooth fashion, to make a transition without interruption. Segue is an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. Related words are segues, segued, segueing. The word segue is derived from an Italian word used in musical scores, segue, which mean follows. Segue moved into the vernacular in the 1930s.

A Segway is a self-balancing motorized vehicle that carries one person. The Segway was designed to be used in areas where a person must cover vast areas designed for pedestrian traffic in a short amount of time, it is popular with tourists and security guards. Segway is a trademarked name for a product first produced in 2001, and is therefore, always capitalized. The name Segway was chosen to echo the word segue.


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Examples

The evening resembled an album medley—the Beatles’ second side of Abbey Road, say—as speakers seamlessly segued from one threat to another: ISIS, homegrown Islamic radicals, undocumented immigrants, street criminals, and African Americans protesting police behavior all blended into a panoramic assault on safety and order. (The Atlantic Magazine)

Fox and the band then segued into Chuck Berry’s iconic “Johnny B. Goode”, the track McFly plays to the utterly perplexed audience at his parents’ high school dance. (The Independent)

This reflects an era when women were segueing into professional lives by capitalizing on their skills. (The Hartford Courant)

Prague’s City Hall has agreed to completely ban Segway scooters in the city’s historic center and some other parts of the Czech capital. (The Times Daily)

Segway just made their new electric scooter, the Ninebot — Segway’s answer to hoverboards, those weird two-wheeled boards that explode occasionally — available for pre-order on Amazon. (The Detroit Metro Times)

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