sliding pond

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One suggestion is that the term in its meaning of "children's slide" derives from the literal meaning by extension. Another is that it derives from Dutch glijbaan or the earlier form glijd-baene: note the common pronunciation of pond in sliding pond as /pɑn/.[1]



sliding pond (plural sliding ponds)

  1. (obsolete) A frozen pond on which people skate.
  2. (obsolete) An area of the ground or flooring made very smooth so people may slide.
  3. (New York City) A slide (object onto which children climb and down which they slide).


  1. ^ Gold, David L. (Spring 1981), “Three New-York-Cityisms: Sliding Pond, Potsy, and Akey”, in American Speech, volume 56, issue 1, →JSTOR, pages 17–32