|Slang City Mail|
|March 11, 2004|
Slang of the
Week: jib (verb)
Like surfing and mountain biking, snowboarding has developed its own colorful and ever-changing vocabulary. Though the sport began in the 60s, it didn’t really become popular until the 1980s. At that time, people began to call good snowboarders shredders. Though I suppose there are many possible reasons for this name, it’s interesting that Shredder was also the name of an evil character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book, introduced around the same time.
The term butter the muffin has a far more obvious source. The board imitates a knife as it spins on its nose around an imaginary snow pastry. Goofy means to stand with the right foot forward. Although this term, borrowed from surfing and skateboarding, can also mean crazy, stupid, or drunk, it has no negative connotations in this context.
Names of snowboarding and skateboarding tricks are imaginative and frequently the same in both sports. To do a fakie is to start a trick with one foot forward and finish with the opposite foot forward. But what about a stale fish, nosegrind, alleyoop, or ollie? If you want to know what these look like, check out skateboarding phenomenon Tony Hawk’s video webpage at http://www.tonyhawk.com/visuals.cfm.
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