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I think "grummet" is an old spelling just for the traditional sense but there are references which state that "grummet" is a British slang term for the female genitals.

I've heard "grommet" used for surfers way before the internet, probably 25 years ago here in Australia.

This is what I've found so far on Usenet:

Before 1992, all "grom" references on Usenet are to graphics ROM.

Mar 14 1990: first skateboarding rereference for "grommet": [1]

May 27 1992: first surfing reference for "grommet" and "grom": [2]

Nov 20 1992: first bodyboarding/boogie boarding reference for "grommet": [3]

Feb 21 1994: first bodyboarding/boogie boarding reference for "grom": [4]

Jan 25 1995: first snowboarding reference for "grom": [5]

Jun 11 1998: first wakeboarding reference for "grom": [6]

At least "grom" seems to be also used for "skimboarding" but perhaps only due to that pastime's closeness to surfing.

References to "my grom" suggest that it may also now mean "little brother" or "son".

Hippietrail 01:04, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Hello, if you are a beginner & come to ski in Chamonix valley (France) or aboutEdit

you'll hear the "moniteur" (teacher) call you a "monchu" (local prononciation of "monsieur") , or a "parisien" (visitor from Paris) , or a "sarpé" (origin unknown) ... Hello Hippietrail, wish I had tu teclado espa~nol , que el mio no hace las tildes encima de las enes, y tampoco los acentos, que barbaridad ! T.y. Arapaima 11:23, 22 February 2010 (UTC)

  • For "grommet" used in gliding-sports as "young beginner" , it seems very near to "groom" & "mate"...
  • I see from WP that a lot of surgical grommets exist. In France, coronary, urinary & vascular grommets are called "stents". But a tympanostomy grommet is called a "diabolo" , owing to its shape, & many parents who know that their infant has "diabolos" set into his eardrums are, I think, relieved by that ludic and matter-of-fact denomination...T.y.Arapaima 07:50, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

grUmmet has a small entry in my Webster's IIIrd Dico.Edit

(edited, I think, in the '60s) , 2/3, p. 1006 : "a cabin boy on a ship; now in dial. Brit. : an awkward lad". T.y. Arapaima 08:32, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

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