Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 15:17:38 -0600
From: "Emerson, Jessie J" jjemerso[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]INGR.COM
Subject: Re: "stoked"
The only usage I know of "stoked" is fired up; e.g., the team was stoked
because they won the game. That's from the late '80s/ early '90s, I
Norman Roberts wrote:
"I'm stoked it was only my leg and that everybody was there for me."
"He's just stoked that God lets him live, and he's thankful for his
These statements appeared in a Honolulu Stat-Bulletin, 10/31/97: A-3
of a young man who had been bitten by a shark while surfing. The first
statement is by the victim; the second is by his sister. Both grew up
Kauai and lived two years (1993-1995) in New Zealand.
This usage of "stoked" is new to me. I don't think it's local surfing
jargon or Hawaiian Creole English. The term seems to mean "relieved"
"glad" in these contexts. Has anyone heard or seen it elsewhere?
The dictionary definition "to stoke the fire" probably doesn't apply
although it might be an extnsion of the meaning "to fill up on food."