I was playing around with this blog earlier (first time in ages) and I happened upon my profile, which read, “no man is a toboggan!”


I don’t know if that’s something I put there or if it was auto-generated when I set up the account. Either way, I am in full agreement. I thoroughly enjoy the word “toboggan”. Not only does it have a wonderful ring, but toboggans are great sleds. I haven’t been on one in a long time. Perhaps I can remedy that next winter. Maybe I’ll load myself onto a toboggan with a couple other hooligans and we’ll shoot down the hill towards Fox. I should clear a path through the brush pile. Better yet, I’ll just build a ramp.

Etymology: Canadian French tobogan, of Algonquian origin; akin to Micmac tobâgun drag made of skin
Date: circa 1820