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    #1

    rollerblading/rollerskating

    Is there any difference in meaning between "rollerblading" and "rollerskating"?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    Quite significant when it comes to distinguishing the gear used for the activities. You can go roller-blading on boots which have a single line, or row, of wheels, while boots for roller-skating have two pairs, or rows, of wheels.

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    #3

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    Roller blades have one row of wheels, on which you have to balance like on the single blade on ice skates.

    Roller skates have 4 wheels, one on each "corner" of your foot. You can stand still on them easily.

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    #4

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    I believe that 'rollerblading' should be used only if you are skating on Rollerblades®. The non-protected term is 'in-line skating'.

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    #5

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I believe that 'rollerblading' should be used only if you are skating on Rollerblades®. The non-protected term is 'in-line skating'.
    You're right but, in the UK, the term "rollerblading" is rapidly becoming (or has already become) the generic term.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Nov-2013 at 00:30.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You're right but in the UK, the term "rollerblading" is rapidly becoming (or has already become) the generic term.
    It joins the hoover/sellotape/etc club.

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    #7

    Re: rollerblading/rollerskating

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You're right but in the UK, the term "rollerblading" is rapidly becoming (or has already become) the generic term.
    It has already happened in the US.

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