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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Definitions for birling

  1. Chiefly Northern U.S. a game played by lumberjacks, in which each tries to balance longest on a floating log while rotating the log with the feet.

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Citations for birling
Enthusiasts are trying to get the sport rolling again. Here and there, colleges are introducing recreational birling. And in the past two years, Abby Hoeschler says, more than 100 summer camps and more than 30 community aquatics programs have added logrolling to their offerings. Linton Weeks, "Reviving The Lost Art Of Logrolling," NPR, February 3, 2015
Campers spend an afternoon birling down the white water, learning to step lightly doing what Hudson calls the five essential lumberjack skills: logrolling, tree climbing, axe throwing, bow sawing, cross cut sawing. For Hudson, the project is rooted in family history. One of his uncles is a nine-time world logrolling champion. , "Champion lumberjack offers logrolling bootcamp," CBC News, July 26, 2014
Origin of birling
Birling is derived from the verb birl. Birl dates from the 1700s, and is perhaps a blend of birr and whirl.
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