Fwd: Re: Trick vs. Skill

Forwarded message: From: unifoss@CERF.NET Reply-to: unifoss@CERF.NET To:
unicycling@mcs.kent.edu Date: 94-12-09 07:15:38 EST

Jack Halpern wrote:
>No “tricks” please, Alberto, since that word promotes the idea that we are
>circus perfomers or magicians (-:. (Actually, watching Jose Roman and Brett
>Bernard does create the impression that they are past sport and in the realm
>of magic ;->). Remember, the basic meaning of a trick is an act intended to
>deceive. It also means a clever act intended to entertain.

>It could create the wrong image in our promotion of unicycling as a sport (but
>of course it is also a circus art). Let’s stick to skill.

    My Webster's College Dictionary lists 23 numbered definitions for the
    word *trick*.
  1. a crafty or underhanded device, maneuver, or stratagem intended to deceive
    or cheat; artifice; ruse; wile.

  2. a roguish or mischievous act; practical joke; prank.

  3. a clever or infenious device or expedient; adroit technique: "the tricks

    of the trade."

  4. the art or knack of doing something skillfully: "the trick of making

    others laugh."

  5. a clever or dexterous feat intended to entertain, amuse, etc.: "This bird

    can do some amazing tricks."

    Many of the other definitions refer to customers of ladies of the
    evening, and "trick shoulders," etc. What is my point? That I find the
    word *trick* to be acceptable in informal discussions and email posts.
    The word is perfectly understood and accurate among us riders, and is
    widely used in other sports, such as freestyle skiing, skateboarding,
    BMX freestyle, and water skiing. HOWEVER, in formal discussions,
    articles, or anything intended for exposure to the non-riding public, I
    highly recommend the word *skill* be used instead of *trick*. The same
    applies to other words and abbreviations we used, such as

unic, uni, UNICON, NUM, and others. What do you think?

John Foss, President International Unicycling Federation unifoss@cerfnet.com