Date: Wed, 20 Sep 1995 08:29:38 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: bizzing >Has anyone heard this word used anywhere other than in Utah county, >Utah? >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 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]