A Gnardonculous Word for Snowcrastinators - Scott Willoughby [The Denver Post]
April 1, 2008
After a monthlong search for a single-word replacement for the unwieldy 21-letter term "skiing and snowboarding," the panel of expert judges has spoken. "Snowriding," submitted by Roberta Stjernholm of Lakewood, was designated as the lexicological amalgamator of the winter sports world.
The contest, sponsored by Ski Utah and Winter at Westminster, asked for entries to the Addictionary (www.addictionary.org) in an effort to designate the almighty catchall term for the two snowsports in a single, concise swoop.
A second contest seeking the best new snowriding lingo yielded several instant classics. "Gnardonculous" (an appropriate synonym for such go-to adjectives as gnarly, sick, rad andor ridiculous) was submitted by Andrew Howard Johnson of Stamford, Conn., and crowned king. Honorable mention goes to:
"snowcrastinator" (one who puts off work and chores intentionally and habitually in favor of skiing) "glacialis obsessivus" (frozen obsession)
"skidgets" (children following their ski instructor who look like skiing midgets)
"trip the white fantastic" (gracefully maneuver through frozen particulate precipitation in a coordinated andor choreographed fashion)
Scott Willoughby [The Denver Post]