[Ads-l] sled = snowmobile

Andy Bach afbach at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 7 17:54:29 EDT 2017


> On a recent trip to Alaska, I was told secondhand that “snow machine” was
out and “sled” was in, and I found confirmation with use in the wild. Had I
not been told in advance, I would have been very confused!

Sled is certainly has been a valid term for a snowmobile in Wisconsin
https://www.snowmobilehalloffame.com/events/classic-sleds-roundup/

and elsewhere:
https://www.sledswap.com/class/15/Snowmobiles.html

Seems the first snowmobiles were car-sleds:
https://www.wpr.org/vintage-wisconsin-first-snowmobiles-were-cars-sled-runners

On Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 12:02 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> On 2 July 2002, Barry Popik found “snowmachine” for “snowmobile” in an
> glossary of Alaskanisms (http://listserv.linguistlist.
> org/pipermail/ads-l/2002-July.txt <http://listserv.linguistlist.
> org/pipermail/ads-l/2002-July.txt>).
>
> On a recent trip to Alaska, I was told secondhand that “snow machine” was
> out and “sled” was in, and I found confirmation with use in the wild. Had I
> not been told in advance, I would have been very confused!
>
> Since dogsledding is still practiced, people use sleds behind their
> snowmobiles to haul things and children surely still sled, there seems to
> be lots of opportunities for miscommunication. I don’t know how ambiguities
> are worked out, though perhaps it’s context like “bike” for bicycle and
> motorcycle.
>
> 1. http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/51079-Best-
> Trapping-Sled <http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/
> showthread.php/51079-Best-Trapping-Sled>
>
> Thread: Best Trapping Sled?
> What advice would you give regarding snow machines?
>
> 2. http://cs.amsnow.com/sno/manufacturers/f/16/t/48549.aspx <
> http://cs.amsnow.com/sno/manufacturers/f/16/t/48549.aspx>
>
> Breaking in a new sled?
> How would you guys reccomend breaking in a brand new sled (09 600 H.O. CFI
> SB)?  I have heard not to go over 60 for the first 100 MPH.  But I have
> also heard that if you baby it the first few hundred miles the sled wont be
> as fast as if you hadn't babied it.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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