|Slang City Mail|
|May 6, 2004|
Slang of the
Week: HOHA (noun)
Lee may not be exaggerating. This quote comes from an article about mountain biking in the Rockies, where it’s possible (though perhaps not likely) that small dogs could be an attractive lunch for mountain lions even when accompanied by humans.
But while angry hikers and unleashed dogs are certainly problems for mountain bikers, HOHAs are not their only natural enemy. Besides rocks and low tree branches, their worst foes are probably inexperienced Freds and Barneys on the trails. These are foolish newcomers, especially those who spent a lot of money on fancy equipment before mastering the sport.
Any of the factors above can cause a prang (accident). One of the worst kinds of prangs is the face plant (falling on your face), a term also common in snowboarding. But you don’t have to go out into nature to meet with a cycling disaster. Every day here in the city, I pass a neighbor’s unfortunate bike leaning against the fence. It hasn’t been used for some time, because its front wheel has become a potato chip - a sad term which obviously takes its name from the snack’s rippled shape.
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