names of unicycles

Coolberg@aol.com wrote:
|> my family and our neighborhood has renamed the unicycle the unique
|> (unike[uni-bike]).well that’s all. from your patriotic unicycling
|> bunny hopper
|>
Thank you for the information. How do you pronounce it? Rhyme with “bike” or
with normal “unique”?

Here is an update of my list of synonyms for unicycle.

      ---------- Lexical Items ("real words") --------------

These are more or less established words, albeit some are very limited while
others are colloquial. What they have in common is that the are used by
unicyclists.

  1. UNICYCLE Standard American

  2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British

  3. ONE-WHEELED VEHICLE “Scientific”

  4. ICICLE Colloquial (I know one family who use it)

  5. IKE Colloquial (not sure where from – attested)

  6. YIKE Colloquial (according to Adam Stork)

  7. UNI Colloquial, very common

  8. WHEEL Colloquial

          ------------Nonce (uneducated) Words -----------
    

The nonce words below are often used by the nonunicycling public, though I’ve
heard unicyclists using numbers 11 and 17 on occasion. (may they dangle from the
Tokyo Tower on a 50-foot giraffe!). It is rather difficult to draw the
distinction between this classfication, and the one below, but the nonce words
here do seem to have a more or less “semilexicalized” existence.

  1. ONE-WHEELER Unattested, but I think I’ve heard it

  2. ONE-WHEEL BICYCLE Unattested, uneducated

  3. BIKE Substandard, uneducated, illiterate, stupid!

  4. ONE-WHEELED BICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated

  5. ONE-WHEELED BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  6. TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  7. UNI-BIKE Colloquial, uneducated

  8. ONE TRICYCLE Colloquial, uneducated, childish

  9. BICYCLE Substandard, uneducated, illiterate, stupid!

  10. UNIQUE Colloquial (reported by Coolberg)

    ------------ Informal Decsriptions ----------------

The items below are not word or phrases, they are just descriptions by someone
who doesn’t know the proper word. I suppose they are never used by unicyclists,
except in jest.

  1. FUNNY LOOKING BIKE Uneducated nonce word?
  2. FUNNY THING Uneducated, childish nonce word?
  3. FUNNY LOOKING THING Uneducated nonce word?
  4. THAT WEIRD THING
  5. THAT SILLY THING
  6. THAT THING
  7. THAT
  8. WHAT THAT FUNNY MAN’S RIDING
  9. THAT OVER THERE

At 27 and still counting!! Any more?

Stay on top, Jack Halpern, IUF Vice President

Re: names of unicycles

In article <9508150941.AA04180@super.win.or.jp>, Jack Halpern
<jhalpern@super.win.or.jp> wrote:

>2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British

Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel which you ride
inside. Very dangerous on hills.


-ed falk, sun microsystems falk@sun.com Just because you don’t
understand it, that doesn’t make it art.

Re: names of unicycles (fwd)

Forwarded message:
> From: Scott Hone <shone@neumann.une.edu.au>
>
> + >2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British
> +
> + Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel
> + which you ride inside. Very dangerous on hills.
> + many people have said this. What I would like to know is are there any
> pictures of a monocycle? I think I can imagine what the would look like but
> I don’t trust my imagination with reality.

There is a picture of a motorized one on the unicycing home page in the photo
album section.

Beirne


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Re: names of unicycles

In article <40tqc2$5a6@engnews2.Eng.Sun.COM>, falk@peregrine.eng.sun.com (Ed
Falk) writes:
|> In article <9508150941.AA04180@super.win.or.jp>, Jack Halpern
|> <jhalpern@super.win.or.jp> wrote:
|>
|> >2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British
|>
|> Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel which you ride
|> inside. Very dangerous on hills.

That is one meaning, It was a very common name for the unicycle at the beginning
of this century.

I have a print of an old poster, for a french unicyclist which says " Champion
monocyclist of the world" It shows a rider on all types of unicycles, regular,
giraffe, ultimate etc.

Eric.

Re: names of unicycles (fwd)

  • >2. MONOCYCLE Traditional (obsolescent?) British
  • Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel
  • which you ride inside. Very dangerous on hills.
  • many people have said this. What I would like to know is are there any
    pictures of a monocycle? I think I can imagine what the would look like but I
    don’t trust my imagination with reality.

Scott

Scott HOne shone@neumann.une.edu.au
http://turing.une.edu.au:8000/~shone/homepage.html

Re: names of unicycles

>|> Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel which you ride
>|> inside. Very dangerous on hills.
>
>That is one meaning, It was a very common name for the unicycle at the
>beginning of this century.
>
>I have a print of an old poster, for a french unicyclist which says " Champion
>monocyclist of the world" It shows a rider on all types of unicycles, regular,
>giraffe, ultimate etc.
>
>Eric Gebhart.

Was that Auc Cocet? Never heard of him.

As I know it, the definition of monocycle vs. unicycle comes from the original
THE UNICYCLE BOOK by Jack Wiley (1973). He put the rider of the monocycle
inside, and the rider of the unicycle on top (where I prefer to be). This makes
for what I consider to be the standard definitions for the U.S.

Stay on Top! John Foss unicycle@aol.com (not monocycle@aol.com)
>

Re: names of unicycles

In article <950819031455_78286633@mail02.mail.aol.com>, Unicycle@aol.com writes:
|> >|> Actually, I believe a monocycle is a large spoke-less wheel which you
|> >|> ride inside. Very dangerous on hills.
|> >
|> >That is one meaning, It was a very common name for the unicycle at the
|> >beginning of this century.
|> >
|> >I have a print of an old poster, for a french unicyclist which says "
|> >Champion monocyclist of the world" It shows a rider on all types of
|> >unicycles, regular, giraffe, ultimate etc.
|>
|>
|> Was that Auc Cocet? Never heard of him.

Too bad! :slight_smile:

|> As I know it, the definition of monocycle vs. unicycle comes from the
|> original THE UNICYCLE BOOK by Jack Wiley (1973). He put the rider of the
|> monocycle inside, and the rider of the unicycle on top (where I prefer to
|> be). This makes for what I consider to be the standard definitions for
|> the U.S.

which makes the definition of monocycle a modern one, I was merely pointing out
that it was not always the way it is now. And that the choice that makes
monocycle mean something other than unicycle is an arbitrary one which is not
related to the true meaning of the words that ‘monocycle’ is made from.

doesn’t matter to me, I ride unicycles.

Eric