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Surfers often say that words can never truly express the ineffable moment of hurtling along the face of a breaking wave while balancing on a surfboard, though this does not stop them from trying. In the latest quarterly update to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED update), we have a collection of newly drafted surfing terms that […]more
The vocabulary of surfing in the English language has a long history. In 1798 Ebenezer Townsend, Jr., the supercargo (a representative of the ship’s owner) on the sealing ship Neptune, sailed into the Hawaiian Islands and recorded in his diary of 30 August, “They [sc. the natives] sometimes make use of surf-boards. The surf-board is […]more