I wanted to find a picture of a slide to accompany this post, but the only photos are of those crazy plastic new-fangled slides usually as part of a jungle gym with mulch on the ground. I wanted a picture of the kind of slide I used to use…a free standing metal slide on a black-top. I don’t even think they have those anymore. Do see-saws exist anymore either? I have fond memories of see-saws.
Growing up, we refered to a slide (as in a slide at a playground) as a sliding pon. I couldn’t seem to find other people who called it that once I left the NYC-Metro area. In fact, I started wondering if the term had existed at all because I couldn’t find anyone else who called it that! I thought I was going crazy!
So I did a little bit of research. Googling “sliding pon” did not yield many results…although I did find it on a page of Brooklynisms.
I also found a discussion about it on a word forum. It seems that sliding pon and also sliding ponD are New York terms. Nobody can figure out the origin of it. There’s even an article about it on RandomHouse.com:
The origin of sliding pond is obscure. One problem with tracking down a source is that, like many words for children’s games, sliding pond is not recorded in print until rather recently. Scholars are forced to work with memories of older people, since even common expressions or practices weren’t regarded as important enough to study and record.
I feel relieved to find that other people are familiar with the term sliding pon(d). I used to enjoy the sliding pon at Astoria ParkFiled under New York, Uncategorized, nostalgia |