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The language of skateboarding

The language of skateboarding

Today is Go Skateboarding Day – an annual celebration of skateboarding intended to promote the sport and make it more accessible to the uninitiated. Skateboarding began in California in the 1940s, invented by surfers looking for excitement when the waves were too flat to surf; the earliest skateboards were devised by adding roller skate wheels […]

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Inverted meanings: sick, bad, and wicked

A common trick of slang is to invert meanings, so that seemingly negative words are used as terms of approval. Bad and wicked are two established examples, although it may surprise you to see just how far back their positive uses go. The OED records ‘bad’ and ‘wicked’ used in a positive sense as long […]

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