More graceful than straddling or striling and with less risk of overheating one's podume stacks, the glide is often overlooked due to its apparent inceptual complexities – such as an assessed Beaufort Rating of 6 or more and the requirement for line velocity to be at least proportional to the inverted Beck's Coefficient.
The glide was first discovered by Hubert de la Pole in 1415 when playing Henry "Skull cracker" Sacheveral just before the battle of Agincourt. Sacheveral was simultaneously outraged and impressed by his opponent's brilliant manœuvre and, according to eye-witnesses of the famed battle, was heard to cry out "… and here I glide like the Pole! Have at you, dogs! Into your midst, you French — (word not heard in the heat of battle)" as he performed his famous (and fatal) charge into their serried ranks.
Despite its auspicious start, the glide was then almost completely ignored for over three hundred years until Pepyss (of Diary fame) made mention of it in a game he played on Boxing Day 1672.
However it was not until the nineteenth century that the glide really came into its own with the discovery by Parry of the particular form of the glide that bears his name. Parry's Glide being such a pretty and useful gambit that the MC-playing world wondered how it had taken so long to be discovered.