Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 08:29:38 -0400


Subject: Re: bizzing

Has anyone heard this word used anywhere other than in Utah county,


The word _Bizzing_is commonly used here referring a pedestrian

hanging on to the back of an automobile while being pulled accross

snow/ice covered streets.

Tom Uharriet

When I was a teenager in S. A., Tex., my parents were always reluctant to

let me use the car. We never had ice, but my friends thought it was funny

to open the car door, hang on to it, and slide with leather soles on the

pavement as I stopped for stop signs. They called what they were doing

"skiing," I believe. I called it stupid.

I hung around with some real losers for a while who used to drive around in

a big old station wagon with a luggage rack on the top. They took turns

getting on the roof, holding on to the luggage wrack, and flopping over the

windshield onto the hood of the car as the driver applied the old-time

power brakes. I was too chicken to do such a thing and soon lost these

"friends." I want to say that they just called this "flopping," but some

of the informants are now dead not due to natural causes and I can't

confirm my memories.

This crazy game reminds me too of one I read about in a freshman paper. A

group of Georgia girls entertained themselves one summer by taking turns

holding on to windshield wipers and flopping across the hood of the car as

the driver swerved back and forth down lonely Georgia highways. One night

a car was passing an on-coming semitruck. The driver flopping another girl

drove into the ditch, and the flopper flew off with the wipers into a wire

fence. I don't know what the girls called the game. They quit playing it

after that incident.

Is my two-year-old daughter going to become a teenager too? Help.

Wayne Glowka

Professor of English

Director of Research and Graduate Student Services

Georgia College

Milledgeville, GA 31061