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    rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    There are several sports in which oars are used: rowing, kayaking, canoeing. Is there a general word in English for the three mentioned? I know a couple (sculling, paddling), but don't know if they suit here.

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    #2

    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    I think "rowing" is the most general term.

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    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    Google 'surface water sports'.

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    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Google 'surface water sports'.
    There are too many.
    The thing is, asking my question, I wondered if there is a general term for paddling and sculling sports; I thought there might be since in Russian we have one. Having already asked the question in post 1, I googled "sculling" and "paddling", and arrived at a conclusion that "paddling" is suitable for kayaking and canoeing, and "sculling" for rowing; and that there appears to be no term for the three sports in which oars are used. (Maybe I wasn't precise using the word "oar": I thought it was a general word for paddles and sculls. Now I'm not sure. )

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I think "rowing" is the most general term.
    It was my first candidate, especially after reading the dictionary entry which goes: rowing - the activity of moving a boat through water using oars, either for pleasure or as a sport (http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...british/rowing). But after looking through the article in wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowing_(sport)), I thought it was unlikely. It's getting more and more intriguing. Do you, in the US, use "rowing" for kayaking and canoeing?

    I've googled again, and there is a bit different definition of "rowing" in wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowing. It's interesting because I thought that rowing needs two oars, and there are instances when only one oar is okay for it.

    (edited) Well, wikipedia says as follows: The difference between paddling and rowing is that rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while paddles are hand-held and have no mechanical connection.
    Last edited by GeneD; 06-May-2017 at 19:16.

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    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Do you, in the US, use "rowing" for kayaking and canoeing?

    I've googled again, and there is a bit different definition of "rowing" in wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowing. It's interesting because I thought that rowing needs two oars, and there are instances when only one oar is okay for it.

    (edited) Well, wikipedia says as follows: The difference between paddling and rowing is that rowing requires oars to have a mechanical connection with the boat, while paddles are hand-held and have no mechanical connection.
    You've found good information. Only someone unfamiliar with kayaking and canoeing would call them "rowing".

    It is a little surprising, now that I think about it, but I don't think English has a general term for the activity of propelling a small boat with paddles or oars.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It is a little surprising, now that I think about it, but I don't think English has a general term for the activity of propelling a small boat with paddles or oars.
    I'm no longer surprised by anything about my native language.
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    Re: rowing, kayaking and canoeing is... sculling (?), paddling (?)

    I can't think of a general purpose word, either. We just use whichever verb is appropriate for the given vessel.
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