Monday, September 14, 2015

Word of the Week - Surf

Back from vacation, but not quite ready to let go. ;-) And so, today's word of the week will bring us a bit of the beach...


Surf began its life as a noun meaning "waves coming ashore" in about 1680, though it was quite likely a variation on suffe, from the 1590s. Where did it come from? No one's quite sure. But it was originally used to describe the coast of India, so speculation points to it being borrowed from an Indic word. It could also be a variation of sough, which means "a rushing sound," which is an Old English word.

The verb meaning "to ride the crest of a wave" dates from 1917. Surfing as an activity and surfer both date from 1955. And of course, the internet usage is first recorded from 1993.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Rosanna. It was nice to meet you and the family while on vacation. I didn't get a chance to catch up with you before leaving. I look forward to reading your books. Take care and Be Blessed

    Kathy Sanderd

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  2. Sanders is my last name not Sanderd. Lol

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  3. Sanders is my last name not Sanderd. Lol

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  4. Hi, Kathy!! Sorry we didn't bump into each other again! (I think I still have a book mark in my beach bag for you--ha!) So glad you found me though! It was so nice chatting with you. I hope you had a great visit with your family as you headed up the road!

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