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Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby Windrider » Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:11 pm

Being a person with interests in etymology, and language....

Looking for explanations on some of the kiting terminology.

For example:

"Grunt" - appears to refer to the amount of power/pull generated by a kite moving at lower speeds in lighter winds. True?

In the non-kiting world.... "grunt" is a noise made by an animal such as a pig, not normally known for its speed or agility. Therefore, a "grunty" kite would not be expected to be "fast", "responsive", good for jumping, etc. It would almost paradoxical to buy a kite based on its "gruntiness" and then expect it to fly fast, handle well on the waves, and jump well...

Where did the term "grunt" come from?

Do languages other than English have better words for these characteristics?

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby kiterMD » Fri Jan 25, 2008 11:54 pm

Grunt - a low and powerful noise

Grunty kite - a kite that pulls like a truck "or boat" and doesn't rely on depower to compensate for a lack of rder ability, i.e. a powerful kite

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby Toby » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:02 am

in kite words: grunt = low end power

would be really interesting where this comes from?

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby Windrider » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:42 am

Is there a better German word for "gruntiness" in kiting? Japanese? Hebrew? Arabic? etc? Let's get some international vernacular going here!

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby Toby » Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:23 am

German: Grundzug

like basic pull

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby Rustas » Sat Jan 26, 2008 3:15 am

OOH Toby "Grundzug"!!!
You make it sound so sexy...

(It's late, i know...) :cool2:

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby B-rad Lange » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:42 am

our grunt here in the keys is tasty...

it sounds like...grunt, grunt, grunt...when you catch him...

(M'Leigha thinks it sounds more like a quack than a grunt...)

that's what we think of when you say grunt...



just add a lilttle key lime and mmmmmmmmmmmm....

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby OzBungy » Sat Jan 26, 2008 6:43 am

I don't know where it came from but the term "grunt" referring to low end power is pretty much universal and has been around for decades (certainly in Australia and the US). Cars, trucks, motor bikes, power boats, anything with a motor can have grunt.

Just guessing but it is also onomatopoeic (it sounds like it means) in that if you get a grunty motor (a v8) and give it some throttle it gives a very satisfying grunting sound.

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby reinis » Sat Jan 26, 2008 8:52 am

yeah, should be something to do with ground.. also, grunt from warcraft. kind of a strong and heavy guy with a bludgeon (always has been my first association) :thumb:

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Re: Kiteboarding Terminology

Postby BullsShit.com » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:11 am

Windrider wrote:Is there a better German word for "gruntiness" in kiting? Japanese? Hebrew? Arabic? etc? Let's get some international vernacular going here!


Grunt: = Zug (ziehen), folle lotte , zieht wie sau,
This kite has a lot of grunt = der kite zieht wie sau
or: ach du liebe guehte, dasch zieht ja wie bloed !

Arabic: achamalaufpassa !


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