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Discussion: Interesting "Word of the Day" today

in: Orienteering; General

Nov 4, 2021 9:12 PM # 
Some interesting etymology for a word many orienteers are familiar with.
Nov 5, 2021 2:20 AM # 
Charlie, maybe you like suspense. Personally, no matter how trusted the source, I like an indication of what a link is about before clicking on it.

Sorry if this is a spoiler, but some might like to know it is about "balter" before clicking.
Nov 5, 2021 9:55 AM # 
He said it was about the etymology of a word. Were you worried you were going get rickrolled?
Nov 5, 2021 2:31 PM # 
Pink Socks:
I don't know what I expected.
Nov 5, 2021 4:00 PM # 
Life tip: if you're really concerned about a link you can just hover your mouse over it and see what it is before you click.
Nov 5, 2021 4:03 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
It's entirely possible Charlie uses a browser with link preview (default Chrome, Safari with a setting change, etc.), in which case you'd see "wordsmith" and "balter" in the url and have a fair guess that it's not a link to something offensive like geocaching.

Edit: beat by a minute!
Nov 7, 2021 10:34 PM # 
Charlie, I am disappointed
Nov 8, 2021 1:10 PM # 
Charlie, I am very sorry, but I haven't heard your word at all before, neither in orienteering context nor any other. How do the orienteers around you use it (and where? Only in the US?)

Now if we exchanged the first letter to be "f", then the word would be much more familiar, usable also in orienteering context:
Nov 8, 2021 1:14 PM # 
jSh let me answer because I am handy. I can pretty safely say that in US orienteering circles the word is never used in this obscure context. However the word happens to be the family name of a popular orienteer in the States. It is all a play on words, both here and in the Facebook post where it first circulated.
Nov 8, 2021 1:39 PM # 
The (obscure) US orienteering definition that I remember has something to do with accidentally leaving behind someone you're sharing a rented car with, I think. The authority would be j-man. But I think it can be used for multiple purposes where DarthBalter is involved.
Nov 8, 2021 2:23 PM # 
OK, got it - thanks to both of you!

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