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grom

noun; blending
A young surfer/snowboarder/biker/skateboarder. As the popularity of surfing grew in the 1960’s, children were drawn to the beaches to join in the sport. Because they often had fewer commitments than the older surfers, who had jobs and school to attend to, they would spend all day in the sun and on the water trying to imitate what they saw the older surfers doing. They would become dirty, sunburned, and blistered, and it would be remarked that they looked like little gremlins. Then the forces of blending took over the development of the word, and after various iterations, grom became the word to refer to these youngsters. It was, like many surf words, then embraced by other sports to refer to their young enthusiasts.
 
That little punk sure can rip for a grom his age!
Etymology : Spelling change originally from gremlin to gremlet to grommet to grom
Source : Personal friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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