Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gnardonculous? Just Another Addictionary Werd

It's a skier thing. Just like the video that Kim posted last week of the guy thinking on the chair lift, unless you're in the ski world you may not know why it is we make up words for things like "Skiing Powder" which I often refer to as "shralping the sicky pow-pow". Then again, I'm not really sure why it is.

Anyway, to fuel the fire Ski Utah and Winter at Westminster hosted a contest for new "werds" on the Addictionary site (it’s an online dictionary of made up “werds” - you know, like the words you used to make up with your bro/brahs but never wrote down).

Skiers and swowboarders came out of the woodwork and from all over the country to submit their werds. Hundreds of new werds for the “one werd to rule them all” category poured in and another stack of werds for the lingo category piled up like the snow at Alta.

The winners:

Snowriding (n) A new winter recreation industry term describing the act
of either snowboarding or snow skiing down a slope.

Snowriding, the grand prize winner and the new werd for “skiing and snowboarding,” was submitted by: Roberta Stjernholm of Lakewood, Colo. She won a week long trip to snowride in Utah. (Am I the only one that sees the irony in this?) Perhaps after checking out how easy it is to get to the resorts from Salt Lake City versus running the I-70 ultra-marathon from Denver she’ll move to Utah.

gnardonculous: (a) gnarulous and ridonculous. The definition of this winning werd actually consists of made-up werds. So to clarify,
gnardonculous is an appropriate synonym for such go-to adjectives as: gnarly, sick, rad and/or ridiculous.

Submitted by Andrew Howard Johnson of Stamford, Connecticut, this new snowriding lingo werd took home the prize of 2 lift tickets to The Canyons Resort and 10 shirts featuring the new werd.

I’d definitely wear a tee shirt with the word Gnardonculous on it. Backcountry.com should make Andrew a little deal for the next T-Shirt of the Month project.

Check out the other new werds from the contest on the Addictionary site.

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Blogger Science Teacher Mommy said...

You haven't skiied Utah until you've been to Snow Basin in Ogden Valley. The Ogden hotels pretty much suck, but that just means fewer crowds. Even if the parking lot is packed, you can ski straight onto any lift at the resort all day long. If you live anywhere in the Ogden area, you can jump in the car and be on the mountain in less than 30 minutes. Now I'm an Expat Utahn with three kids and living in a temperate climate: skiing isn't the priority it once was. What is the werd for jealous-of-those-who-ski-whenever- they-want-to-on-the-greatest-snow on-earth? Oh, I know, powderenvy.

3/20/2008 4:59 PM

 
Blogger rob story said...

Snowriding?!?!?! He won the contest with snowriding?!?!?!

I was recently had a discussion about this with my girlfriend. I asked if she understand any of this: "So I was maching my line down a coolie when I took a beater and maytag'd down the apron"

The answer: No.

3/20/2008 7:01 PM

 
Blogger R2K said...

: )

3/20/2008 8:44 PM

 

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