Tombstoning
Posted: 09 July 2007 12:36 AM   [ Ignore ]
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From today’s Guardian:

Coastguards yesterday issued a stern warning over the dangers of “tombstoning” after one man died and one was seriously hurt leaping into the sea off a pier.

That brings back memories (youth cannot see a structure projecting over the ocean without wanting to jump off it), but how long has it been known as tombstoning?

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Posted: 09 July 2007 04:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Nevererdovit - though the habit of jumping off bridges into the river is common here - much to the disgust of the local council. As far as I can see the OED hasn’t come across the term either.

edited for typo

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Posted: 09 July 2007 06:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s unknown to Cassell as well.

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Posted: 09 July 2007 09:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I don’t know about tombstoning but I do like the idea of the Coastguard(s) issuing a “stern warning.”

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Posted: 09 July 2007 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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There’s some discussion of the term here. That site indicates it’s more widely used in the UK than US. Never heard it before, myself.

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Posted: 09 July 2007 10:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Tombstoning, so named because of the high level of fatalities and serious injuries, has grown in popularity around the British coast.

The Independent 1 July 2006
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Posted: 09 July 2007 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Dobule-Tongued Dictionary shows a cite for this sense from 1995.

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Posted: 09 July 2007 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you both, and in fact one of the cites on DTWW seems to show the origin itself.

1995 Shenai Raif (Press Association) (U.K.) (Aug, 2) “Ice Demand ‘Unprecedented’ As Britain Carries On Sweltering”: They were among a group of six who were “tombstoning” at Stoke Point near Wembury—which involved leaping off Tombstone Rock into the sea below.

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Posted: 10 July 2007 02:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Well tombstone me! Wembury is near where I live . . .

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