[Ads-l] Antedating of "Skateboarding"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 22 12:29:53 EST 2022

On Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 11:56 AM Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu>

> skateboarding (OED 1964)
> 1956 Akron Beacon-Journal 11 Mar. 14 (Newspapers.com)  The British Isle of
> Wight has a riding sport ... They call it skate boarding.

Interesting find. From the text and photos (via United Press), it appears
this is somewhat different from "skateboarding" as it developed in
California. The Isle of Wight version involved putting a board on a single
roller skate, sitting on the board, and rolling down a hill as if riding a

Akron Beacon-Journal:
Philadelphia Inquirer:

As for the Californian variety, Fred previously noted an antedating for
"skateboard" from the May 29, 1959 Pasadena Independent:


That same newspaper had "skateboarding" a few days later.

"Skateboard Casualties Mount," Pasadena (Calif.) Independent, June 3, 1959,
p. 11, col. 7
"One fellow had his leg set while his friend waited in my office. Three
hour later his friend came back with a broken ankle. Both of the accidents
were from skateboarding." [quoting an orthopedic surgeon]


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