The meaning of surfing’s stoke

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Surfing: get stoked | Photo: Shutterstock

What does it mean to be or get stoked? Why do surfers feel so stoked all the time? Discover the origins of the most spoken word in post-heat interviews.

In Old English, the word “stoc” meant a “place.” That is why you can often find the word “stoke” in the name of cities and villages – Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Newington, Stoke Bishop, etc.

As time went by, the word gave birth to new similar meanings, including a “meeting place,” a “place of worship,” or even a “dairy farm.”

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