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Planking

verb Word Formation type: Suffixation
Refers to the action of an animal or person lying face down on an object with their arms stretched flat above their heads or by their sides and their legs extended outwards.
 
The term can only be used when the person or animal is lying down on an object that people normally do not lie down on, such as a car or a sidewalk. This word came about because the person's form on the ground resembles a plank like a plank of wood, and the person mustn't move and stay rigid like a plank. Planking is also called the lying down game. It is claimed to have originated in North East England and has now spread to around the United States.
Etymology : Created from the addition of the derivational ending -ing to the noun "plank" to form a verb.
Source : "The squirrel is planking!" (Conversation with a friend on Rice University campus, 9/3/11) Later seen in youtube videos.
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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