Names for our skills

Other burgeoning sports have their cool names (Ollies, for example). I
mentioned at the Nationals that uni’ists have to come up with our own
names, too, so that we can be equally cool.

  1. While practicing this evening, I came up with a name (cool? You decide)
    for the skill on which I was working, riding backwards one-footed:
    TOOFENO (Pronounced too FEE no). TOOFENO is the words ‘one foot,’
    backwards!
  2. I was trying to think of what we look like when we wheel walk. Sorta
    like a Russian cossack dancing (think Fiddler on the Roof). So we
    could call a wheel walk the ‘cossack.’ Another idea was ‘cat kicker’
    or ‘shit kicker.’
  3. Hopping on the wheel (level 6) is basically like pogo sticking, so we
    call that a ‘pogo.’ Alternatively, since the initials of hopping on
    wheel spell HOW, and since every kid used to think that ‘How’ was some
    American Indian word, we could call this skill ‘going native.’

Another reason we need these (or other) names is that our current jargon
is too long winded.

Here is the commentary I envision (from Bryant Gumpbell covering our sport
in 2004 or so): Old lingo: "Dan Heaton kick mounts and goes right into
wheel walking. Now he’s one-footing…and he spins and goes into riding
backwards one-footed. He stops, and now he’s hopping on the wheel itself.
Beautiful move!

New lingo: “Dan Heaton kick mounts into a cossack. Now he’s
one-footing…and he spins into a toofeno. He stops and hops into a pogo.
Beautiful move!”

Give it some thought!

David (2 revs toofeno so far) Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday /
3rd Saturday @ Central Park Bandshell
4:30 start time after 11/1/01

Hey man, great idea with the new names for the skills! Many of my Mountain
biking and skater friends have urged me to make up some new names for
tricks… many of the names now sound lame, and unoriginal… the whole
sport of extreme unicycling is original so lets try to think up some new
names! I like Cossack! sounds great…

Here’s the only name i can think of right now: condom hop = hopping on the
wheel (i was trying to think of a name for this and first came up with
rubber hop, then thought, another name for rubber… condom)

I’ll think up more later when i’m not so lazy…

Let’s here your ideas!

Keep on keepin on

well, faceplant is universal or is there a more Uni term out there?

Bryant Gumble would not like “condom hop”

How about doing a “Clown Farm”?

While this is amusing, I don’t think we need to mystify the sport… half the posts here would be ‘whatsa’ posts.

It’s bad enough that Scott has me calling my front hopping foot the “Chocolate” foot.

Ah, hell: It does look like a “Cossack”.

Guess I better go practice “Walking the Big Dog”.

Christopher

I dont think clown farm would be a good name, I always have people ask me if Im training to be a clown when im on my uni, and I hate it. I dont like clowns, and I hate when people associate me with them. Faceplant would be a good name though, as ive probably succesfully peformed this trick several times.

With all the irrational hostility tword clowns around here you’d think that the idea of putting a pasty white makeuped face to earth would be well received, combining both the good feeling of planting a clown, and the bad feeling of the association with physical pain and the much meligned circus folk.

:slight_smile:

Christopher

I kinda like the term Unplanned Dismount. It makes me feel like less of a fool when I’m talking about the last I had a UD.
-David Kaplan

Great idea, Dave! However, my sense is most artificially coined terms are
not commonly accepted because they don’t sound natural in many
discussions. Still, it is worth trying. I like Toofeno :slight_smile:

/Jay

>From: “David Stone” <dstone@packer.edu> To: rsu@unicycling.org Subject:
>Names for our skills Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 01:13:32 -0500
>
>Other burgeoning sports have their cool names (Ollies, for example). I
>mentioned at the Nationals that uni’ists have to come up with our own
>names, too, so that we can be equally cool.
>
>1. While practicing this evening, I came up with a name (cool? You
> decide) for the skill on which I was working, riding backwards
> one-footed: TOOFENO (Pronounced too FEE no). TOOFENO is the words 'one
> foot,’ backwards!
>2. I was trying to think of what we look like when we wheel walk. Sorta
> like a Russian cossack dancing (think Fiddler on the Roof). So we
> could call a wheel walk the ‘cossack.’ Another idea was ‘cat kicker’
> or ‘shit kicker.’
>3. Hopping on the wheel (level 6) is basically like pogo sticking, so we
> call that a ‘pogo.’ Alternatively, since the initials of hopping on
> wheel spell HOW, and since every kid used to think that ‘How’ was some
> American Indian word, we could call this skill ‘going native.’
>
>Another reason we need these (or other) names is that our current jargon
>is too long winded.
>
>Here is the commentary I envision (from Bryant Gumpbell covering our
>sport in 2004 or so): Old lingo: "Dan Heaton kick mounts and goes right
>into wheel walking. Now he’s one-footing…and he spins and goes into
>riding backwards one-footed. He stops, and now he’s hopping on the wheel
>itself. Beautiful move!
>
>New lingo: "Dan Heaton kick mounts into a cossack. Now he’s
>one-footing…and he spins into a toofeno. He stops and hops into a pogo.
>Beautiful move!"
>
>Give it some thought!
>
>David (2 revs toofeno so far) Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday
>/ 3rd Saturday @ Central Park Bandshell
>1:30 start time after 11/1/01
>


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I agree with Jay and Christopher.

I agree with Christopher and Jay.

It would be cool to have other names for various manuevers, but it feels artificial and phony to have a discussion about what “cool term” we should come up with to use in place of this or that trick. I’m preferential, rather, for the way that terms such as “chocolate foot” enter our vocabulary. Scott uses this phrase as if it’s a normal thing to say in conversation, and then other people start using it too. It feels more natural this way. I know Scott too, and when it comes to things that are Scott-derived, they’re just plain funny and fun to repeat – for me at least – because I know his personality. (I introduced him to Cheesequake State Park in NJ, for instance, and whenever we refer to it now we always call it cheesecake.) So I think it’s also a personal connection sometimes that makes the introduction of new words feel more natural.

Dave

Is there anything wrong with the current names that describe the skills?

Wayne wayne@jester.com.au

----- Original Message ----- From: “David Stone” <dstone@packer.edu> To:
<rsu@unicycling.org> Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2002 5:43 PM Subject:
Names for our skills

> Other burgeoning sports have their cool names (Ollies, for example). I
> mentioned at the Nationals that uni’ists have to come up with our own
> names, too, so that we can be equally cool.
>
> 1. While practicing this evening, I came up with a name (cool? You
> decide) for the skill on which I was working, riding backwards
> one-footed: TOOFENO (Pronounced too FEE no). TOOFENO is the words
> ‘one foot,’ backwards!
> 2. I was trying to think of what we look like when we wheel walk. Sorta
> like a Russian cossack dancing (think Fiddler on the Roof). So we
> could call a wheel walk the ‘cossack.’ Another idea was ‘cat kicker’
> or ‘shit kicker.’
> 3. Hopping on the wheel (level 6) is basically like pogo sticking, so we
> call that a ‘pogo.’ Alternatively, since the initials of hopping on
> wheel spell HOW, and since every kid used to think that ‘How’ was
> some American Indian word, we could call this skill ‘going native.’
>
> Another reason we need these (or other) names is that our current jargon
> is too long winded.
>
> Here is the commentary I envision (from Bryant Gumpbell covering our
> sport in 2004 or so): Old lingo: "Dan Heaton kick mounts and goes right
> into wheel walking. Now he’s one-footing…and he spins and goes into
> riding backwards one-footed. He stops, and now he’s hopping on the wheel
> itself. Beautiful move!
>
> New lingo: "Dan Heaton kick mounts into a cossack. Now he’s
> one-footing…and he spins into a toofeno. He stops and hops into a
> pogo. Beautiful move!"
>
> Give it some thought!
>
> David (2 revs toofeno so far) Stone Co-founder, Unatics of NY 1st Sunday
> / 3rd Saturday @ Central Park Bandshell
> 1:30 start time after 11/1/01
>
>
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>Is there anything wrong with the current names that describe the skills?

Not really, it’s just that they are lame, because they practically
describe exactly what you are doing, and they need exciting, original
names… hopping on the wheel, wheel walking, they sound very dull…

)—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com

A new term gains widespread popularity if it is more colorful, descriptive, or memorable than the plain English term, or if it resonates with riders/users in a special, yet universal way. I also think it needs to be borne out of natural conversation or someone’s personal experience, and not arrived at artificially or forced in from the outside. I can’t imagine an effective unicycle term being coined by a someone who doesn’t ride or at least observe and understand unicycling. Sure, “strong foot forward” is a clear description, but “chocolate foot forward” suggests so much more. And the first time I read it on Scott’s site, I knew exactly what he meant.

Becoming familiar with and embracing a sport/activity’s specific jargon is part of the fun of being involved, and using the jargon helps foster a sense of “community”. This newsgroup has been instrumental in not only sharing knowledge and experiences but making our unilanguage more, uh, universal. :wink: Before joining the list in late August, I knew nothing of unicycle.com, IUF, Profile setups, or Miyata seats, much less terms like Muni, UPD, running out (of a UPD), faceplant and shindentations. It was enticing and addicting, rather than mystifying or intimidating, to “crack the code”, gradually learn more about the sport, and experience those terms firsthand.

It’s exciting to be a part of an emerging, developing sport where we can all contribute to the formation of its special language. So, if someone comes up with a new or improved term, they should slip it into a post and see if it catches on.

-Anne

But think of how costly it would be to reprint all of those cool little yellow skill level cards that the Unicycling Society of America sends us, just to replace “wheel walk for 10m” with “cossack fpr 10m” :thinking:
-David Kaplan

“chocolate foot” is a term used in bike trials. I think the person who coined the phrase was Hans Ray years ago. It’s interesting that some terms are used in both unicycling and bicycling…bunnyhop, faceplant.
For new skills I think the people that create the skills should name them similar to climbers naming new routes.

> biking and skater friends have urged me to make up some new names for
> tricks… many of the names now sound lame, and unoriginal…

The lame names we use for skills in places like the IUF Rulebook
(http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/) are so people can figure out
what we’re talking about without having to have said skills described to
them each time they’re used. Also these boring names translate into other
languages, so tricks can have the same name in multiple languages and they
still mean something. But yes, to do this we had to give up on some cooler
names. Koosh-koosh is one of the few remaining, which still works in other
languages because it’s based on the sound your foot makes.

> the whole sport of extreme unicycling is original so lets try to think
> up some new names! I like Cossack! sounds great…

Extreme unicycling is indeed new, but the tricks you guys are naming so
far are have all been around about 100 years. My friends and I have come
up with some MUni and uni slang, which I don’t think is posted on the Web
anywhere (yet). If I can dig up my list I’ll post it.

Stay on top, JF

> biking and skater friends have urged me to make up some new names for
> tricks… many of the names now sound lame, and unoriginal…

The lame names we use for skills in places like the IUF Rulebook
(http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/) are so people can figure out
what we’re talking about without having to have said skills described to
them each time they’re used. Also these boring names translate into other
languages, so tricks can have the same name in multiple languages and they
still mean something. But yes, to do this we had to give up on some cooler
names. Koosh-koosh is one of the few remaining, which still works in other
languages because it’s based on the sound your foot makes.

> the whole sport of extreme unicycling is original so lets try to think
> up some new names! I like Cossack! sounds great…

Extreme unicycling is indeed new, but the tricks you guys are naming so
far are have all been around about 100 years. My friends and I have come
up with some MUni and uni slang, which I don’t think is posted on the Web
anywhere (yet). If I can dig up my list I’ll post it.

Stay on top, JF

> biking and skater friends have urged me to make up some new names for
> tricks… many of the names now sound lame, and unoriginal…

The lame names we use for skills in places like the IUF Rulebook
(http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/) are so people can figure out
what we’re talking about without having to have said skills described to
them each time they’re used. Also these boring names translate into other
languages, so tricks can have the same name in multiple languages and they
still mean something. But yes, to do this we had to give up on some cooler
names. Koosh-koosh is one of the few remaining, which still works in other
languages because it’s based on the sound your foot makes.

> the whole sport of extreme unicycling is original so lets try to think
> up some new names! I like Cossack! sounds great…

Extreme unicycling is indeed new, but the tricks you guys are naming so
far are have all been around about 100 years. My friends and I have come
up with some MUni and uni slang, which I don’t think is posted on the Web
anywhere (yet). If I can dig up my list I’ll post it.

Stay on top, JF

> biking and skater friends have urged me to make up some new names for
> tricks… many of the names now sound lame, and unoriginal…

The lame names we use for skills in places like the IUF Rulebook
(http://www.unicycling.org/iuf/rulebook/) are so people can figure out
what we’re talking about without having to have said skills described to
them each time they’re used. Also these boring names translate into other
languages, so tricks can have the same name in multiple languages and they
still mean something. But yes, to do this we had to give up on some cooler
names. Koosh-koosh is one of the few remaining, which still works in other
languages because it’s based on the sound your foot makes.

> the whole sport of extreme unicycling is original so lets try to think
> up some new names! I like Cossack! sounds great…

Extreme unicycling is indeed new, but the tricks you guys are naming so
far are have all been around about 100 years. My friends and I have come
up with some MUni and uni slang, which I don’t think is posted on the Web
anywhere (yet). If I can dig up my list I’ll post it.

Stay on top, JF

To me the existing names don’t sound dull or lame because I know the
exciting things that they refer to. Besides, for newbies in the sport it’s
very handy to use descriptive terms - at least I’m glad we do. Even (?)
“chocolate foot forward” beats me.

Klaas Bil

On 13 Jan 2002 01:18:58 GMT, extremeunicycler@aol.com (Dylan
Wallinger) wrote:

>>Is there anything wrong with the current names that describe the skills?
>
>Not really, it’s just that they are lame, because they practically
>describe exactly what you are doing, and they need exciting, original
>names… hopping on the wheel, wheel walking, they sound very dull…
>
>
>
>
>)—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
>http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com


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