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The word stoke

post #1 of 22
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How did this word make the transition to the ski community? I'm sure I'm the only one, but I find it incredibly lame. I can't say it and take myself seriously.

 

Qualifications for saying the word stoke:

 

1. pants below your butt

2. XXXL jacket

3. hair down to your shoulders

4. never had a real job

 

Have a nice day!

post #2 of 22

awesome post dude,  just don't get too psyched over totally smoking the gnarly stuff or hucking sick lines on pow days. These are hardcore freeriders and they need to express their individuality, just like all the other guys did.   
 

post #3 of 22

You might as well wear a shirt that says "get off my lawn" or "groomers rule."

 

"Stoke" in this connotation comes from surf culture dating back to the early 60's.  The transition to skiing is fairly obvious since so many skiers like to surf in the summer.  Your classification of the word and who uses it is pretty far off the mark.

post #4 of 22
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You might as well wear a shirt that says "get off my lawn" or "groomers rule."

 

"Stoke" in this connotation comes from surf culture dating back to the early 60's.  The transition to skiing is fairly obvious since so many skiers like to surf in the summer.  Your classification of the word and who uses it is pretty far off the mark.

 

The point of my post is that everyone uses it...it's a pandemic. I guess the joke sailed over your head. Keep shreddin gnarly pow though brah! What other lingo should I use so that people will think I'm good?

post #5 of 22

start talking about your quiver
 

post #6 of 22
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The point of my post is that everyone uses it...it's a pandemic. I guess the joke sailed over your head. Keep shreddin gnarly pow though brah! What other lingo should I use so that people will think I'm good?

 

The "joke" didn't sail over my head, it just wasn't funny.  You asked how the word came to be used in skiing and I answered your question.

post #7 of 22
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The "joke" didn't sail over my head, it just wasn't funny.  

 

Now, now....the Troll is hungry.

post #8 of 22

so many great surfing terms from So Cal in the 60's, 70's. They work perfectly for skiing in my opinion, and in Tahoe there is a strong connection between surfing and skiing, due to proximity to both mountains and ocean and similarities in skills employed. Of course I've forgotten most of the great terms, another part of the culturebiggrin.gif.  maybe groovy, bitchin', etc, little help? Some words came out of the Jazz or beatnick culture, some from ethnic parts of the urban culture (bro), maybe some from the prison sub-culture, etc, but I forgot those also. cool and man probably from Jazz.

 

About the look that goes with it all, I have to say that this shift in fashion was necessary. The tight stretch pants and elaborate detailing of jackets was started in Europe. In North America, moving in a different direction with the sport in the 90's to some extent, something had to go. It is a rebellion against euro-culture-skiing, wealthy participants involved in the lifestyle of mid-day blauwein and fondeau.

post #9 of 22

Whenever I hear "stoke" as a noun, my ears cringe.  The surfers were "stoked", which makes perfect sense, feeling intense like a fire that has just been stirred up or fueled-up.  Not that you'll ever hear me talking that way.

post #10 of 22
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something had to go. It is a rebellion against euro-culture-skiing, wealthy participants involved in the lifestyle.

never realized we are such rebels. My tracks will show them ....damn bourgeoisie   

post #11 of 22

I have the same problem with the word "dude," which once suggested slickers in shiny boots hanging at the ranch. 

 

In my day, we used the much more manly "man," as in, "Hey, man, you got leaves in your hair, man."

post #12 of 22
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I have the same problem with the word "dude," which once suggested slickers in shiny boots hanging at the ranch. 

 

In my day, we used the much more manly "man," as in, "Hey, man, you got leaves in your hair, man."

 

 

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post #13 of 22
Forget stoke; where did the word "steez" come from?
post #14 of 22
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Forget stoke; where did the word "steez" come from?


Style with ease. I thought it came from snowboarding.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post

Whenever I hear "stoke" as a noun, my ears cringe.  The surfers were "stoked", which makes perfect sense, feeling intense like a fire that has just been stirred up or fueled-up.  Not that you'll ever hear me talking that way.

 

So you'd perfer "stokage" for the noun?

post #16 of 22

Do people still actually use "steez" in a non-ironic way?  I don't spend any time over at NS so I guess I wouldn't know.

post #17 of 22

Actually, I used to hear "stokage" (or is it "stokeage") quite a bit back when I was hanging out with skateboarders.

 

As for "dude", I seem to remember the original meaning was much closer to "doo-doo".  Calling the city slickers "dude" and having them pick it up was a huge joke.

post #18 of 22

Stoke is Gaper-JONG from way back around 2008.  The correct term for last year is GNAR.  This year it will be Gangnam..yahoo.gif

 

post #19 of 22
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Do people still actually use "steez" in a non-ironic way?  I don't spend any time over at NS so I guess I wouldn't know.

If you go to a "session," then yes.


Edited by PlugBootBlues - 11/3/12 at 5:47pm
post #20 of 22

These days, "session" is a verb.  Go figure.

post #21 of 22
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If you go to a "session," then yes.

 

The only "session" I saw last year was at the Palisades at Squaw, and no one there had any steez to speak of.


Edited by JayT - 11/4/12 at 7:28am
post #22 of 22

"Session", is also a noun.  Darned good beer out of Full Sail that comes in: Red, Black and a special Holiday Green. beercheer.gif

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