Sledding: the perfect disruption of productivity.

It has snowed here in middle Tennessee for the first time in forever.  I don’t mind, since the cold never bothered my anyway.

My productivity, though, has plummeted.  There are five kids living in my house, some of them still young.  With snow and ice outside, it is hard to keep boys and girls inside.   This gives rise to my definition of sledding… the perfect disruption of productivity.

The truth is, the word sledding comes from sled.  Sled is an old Germanic word.  In the fourteenth century, the Dutch sledde was a heavy transport vehicle.  Naturally, the sledde was dragged, presumably by horses.  Versions of sledde show up in other languages, too.  In Saxon, it was slido.  In Old German it was slito.  In German today, a sled, or sledge, is Schlitten.  All of these words are related to the Old English slidan, which means, to slide.

Happy sledding!


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