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Zorbing? What’s that?

Has anybody ever heard of ‘zorbing’? It’s supposed to be the name for a new type of an extreme sport. Could any x-treme sport lover explain to me what it is and where this kind of sport is done, please? It must be a sort of a neologism, I guess, as it’s not listed in the majority of dictionaries.By the way, does anyone know where this word comes from?

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You can look up it in 'goole' or some others.
Then you will find it's a provoking game created in New Zealand.

Tealee December 21, 2004, 1:42am

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Tealee, what is 'goole' and what do you mean by others? You mean more specific dictionaries? Can you give me any link or a book reference?

marta December 21, 2004, 2:08am

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I think Tealee mistyped "Google."

ladylucy December 21, 2004, 2:21am

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This is what I found at
"Imagine yourself suspended inside a ten-foot clear plastic sphere by nylon ropes, then rolled to the top of a steep hill and pushed off. No brakes, no steering, just you and gravity."

ladylucy December 21, 2004, 2:24am

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A speck more reasearch would have revealed the official Zorb site, (how hard was that?), where the following official, Concise Oxford English Dictionary definition can be found:

zorbing [international linguist characters I can't type] n. a sport in which a participant is secured inside an inner capsule in a large, transparent ball which is then rolled along the ground or down hills. --ORIGIN 1990s: invented word from _zorb_ (the name of the ball used in this activity) + *ING^1.*

The site is hilarious and well worth a look.

speedwell2 December 21, 2004, 3:38am

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Excuse me, Speedwell, I was in a hurry and didn't have time to do more "reasearch." OK, ok. I'm sorry, just had to get you back. Anyway.... I'm ready for a truce. This is silly.

But you and Tealee have a point. People who can get to this website can look these things up online themselves. The research might be interesting.

ladylucy December 21, 2004, 5:09am

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Yes I think "goole" was meant to be "Google" that wonderful search engine named after the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Then there's a "googleplex", the number 1 followed by a google of zeros.
Happy Christmas to all lovers of English and it's nuances.

robinbather December 25, 2004, 11:46am

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I saw zorbing on TV once. It looks like tons of fun!

GP December 28, 2004, 9:34am

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Minor correction: 1 with 100 zeros is spelled "googol" but it is the origin of the name Google.


Wayne April 8, 2005, 8:05pm

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how do you make a zorb?

britmanbakkie June 27, 2005, 7:15am

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OK Its obvious that the chick misspelled google!!! ok we've established this already!!!! but anyways zorbing sounds interesting but i prolly wouldnt do it lol

yeah its me August 22, 2006, 4:01pm

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