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verb Zero-derivation
To ride a scooter
 
Scooter is used a verb around campus to refer to when people use scooters as a form of transportation. It is a funny-sounding word, which is one potential reason why it is used, but it also seems to be a simplification of the phrase “to ride a scooter,” given that the verb scoot is outdated and too broad. The speaker would have coined this word because of the specificity of its definition (see below).
Etymology : The verb scoot meaning “run, fly, make off” appeared originally in 1758 from an unknown source, although it potentially came from nautical slang. The noun form, scooter, meaning “someone who moves quickly,” was first recorded in 1825, and in an example of metonymy, toy makers in the early 1910s extended the meaning to be “a toy that allows a person to move around quickly,” which became the specific type of transportation device that has two wheels connected by a standing platform and a steering peg. Interestingly, the verb scooter has almost returned to the definition from whence it came (“to scoot”), but with the additional narrowed sense mentioned above.
Source : “I keep seeing these people scootering around and it makes me feel like I shouldn’t just be riding a bike.” -My friend, in conversation, October 2016
Last modified: 4 December 2016


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