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The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.



Sunday, 12 August 2012

Sunday Rest. Word Not To Use Today: trampoline.

Trampoline.

This is a horrible word, isn't it.

It sounds like something invented in the 1930s for getting the juice out of grapes.

It also sounds as if it's got something to do with trampling, but if you look at the history of the word it's actually something to do with stilts.

Hm...trampolining on stilts...

Now that would be worth seeing.



Word Not To Use Today: trampoline. Trampoline started off as a trade name. Trampolines were invented by George Nissen and Larry Griswold in 1936. The word is an English version of the Spanish trampolin, which means diving board.  Trampolin came from the Italian word trampolino, which came from trampoli, stilts, and was originally probably something to do with the German word trampen, to hitchhike.


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2 comments:

  1. Trampoline is very best for body because people can get exercise from trampoline but when people make very high jump then it can damage to their body, so they need to take safety enclosures for trampoline.

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  2. Can't argue with that, James. They hadn't invented safety enclosures when I was at school, and bouncing two to a trampoline was pretty scary.

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