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Poll: Seesaw, teeter-totter, teeterboard, etc - what do you call it? (111 member(s) have cast votes)

What do you call the playground equipment that's basically a lever with a fulcrum in the middle?

  1. Seesaw (81 votes [55.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.86%

  2. Teeter-totter (64 votes [44.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.14%

  3. Teeterboard (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Tilt (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Tilting board (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Teedle board (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Dandle (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Dandle board (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  9. Ridey-horse (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  10. Hickey-horse (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Other (0 votes [0.00%])

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#1 luuknam

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:08 AM

In grew up calling it a wip or a wipwap (in Dutch), and then the English word I learned for it was seesaw, but it seems that here in WNY teeter-totter is more popular.

 

I took the naming options from Wikipedia - but searching Google images I don't get the playground equipment for all of them, so, thinking some might be extremely regional and/or archaic.

 

https://en.wikipedia..._and_variations


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#2 wintermom

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:15 AM

For me they were either seesaw or teeter-totter, but they are very scarce now. The last time I saw one was in an open-air museum. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:17 AM

Teeter totter. Appalachia.
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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:17 AM

I say seesaw now because I think it's more accepted. But I usually said teeter-totter as a kid.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:25 AM

I say seesaw now because I think it's more accepted. But I usually said teeter-totter as a kid.

 

Exactly. I grew up in the PNW. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:28 AM

I think I said teeter tottor but now usually say see saw but sometimes teeter totter too. Northern VA/DC area childhood



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:39 AM

Seesaw. Virginia

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:43 AM

I say seesaw now because I think it's more accepted. But I usually said teeter-totter as a kid.

 

Me, too.  I just asked a couple of my kids.  They say see-saw.  When I told them that I grew up saying teeter-totter, they said that that sounded British.



#9 heartlikealion

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:09 AM

Either of the first two



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:12 AM

teeter-totter.

 

It has been a while since I saw one too.  :(



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:26 AM

When I was little it was a teeter-totter.  As I got older I noticed people called it a seesaw.  But I moved all over, west, east, north, south, overseas.  No idea where I picked up either term.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:35 AM

For me they were either seesaw or teeter-totter, but they are very scarce now. The last time I saw one was in an open-air museum. 

 

I'd probably first go to seesaw, but teeter-totter would be an acceptable variant.

 

They are mostly gone from playgrounds, I guess because they caused accidents?

 

The first time my kids were on one was in a playground in Germany.  One of my dds got flipped off it (well, she'd never been on one before), and split her nose and we had to go to the ER and get it glued back together. Whoopsie.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 10:37 AM

For me they were either seesaw or teeter-totter, but they are very scarce now. The last time I saw one was in an open-air museum. 

 

See-saw. And I agree that they're scarce. They've gone the way of the monkey bars.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

See-saw. And I agree that they're scarce. They've gone the way of the monkey bars.

 

 

And sandboxes. Our town removed all of those  a couple of years ago.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:15 AM

Teeter-totter. SoCal. We have one. Most of my kids are older but they still use it.  :laugh:


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:37 AM

See saw in SE Asia when said in English. We learned this rhyme in preschool

"See Saw Margery Daw,
Johnny shall have a new master,
He shall have but a penny a day,
Because he can’t work any faster."
http://downloads.bbc...prog9-song1.pdf

We know the teeter totter is the see saw in a playground but at a home, this would be what my friends and their kids mean
https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B000AOETEE

Also there is this wooden teeter totter at a local park that can sit 4 adults. Link is to child sized version https://www.amazon.c...aw/d/B002B5YMJM

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:51 AM

I think I said teeter tottor but now usually say see saw but sometimes teeter totter too.

 

Same.  I remember this rhyme from when I was little:

 

Teeter totter, bread and water,

Wash your face in dirty water.

 

Or whatever two-syllable word that interchanged with dirty.  Toilet was a popular option :laugh:
 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 11:56 AM

I think I said teeter tottor but now usually say see saw but sometimes teeter totter too. Northern VA/DC area childhood

I grew up in DC calling it a see-saw



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:04 PM

Teeter-totter or, almost as frequently, seesaw.  Southern FL.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:07 PM

See-saw. And I agree that they're scarce. They've gone the way of the monkey bars.

 

 

I haven't been to a playground in ages, but I also noticed all the fun stuff was gone... seesaw, monkey bars, merry-go-round, even slides and swing sets.  Most of the ones I've seen in the last 10 years or so are just big plastic structures with attachments on them and walkways and little playhouse-like parts here and there.  So boring! 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:09 PM

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Edited by texasmom33, 21 April 2017 - 12:22 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:21 PM

TX- See-saw or teeter totter. 



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 12:25 PM

Seesaw in Hawaii. As far as we knew, only the kids on the Brady Bunch called them teeter-totters.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:07 PM

I'd probably first go to seesaw, but teeter-totter would be an acceptable variant.

 

They are mostly gone from playgrounds, I guess because they caused accidents?

 

The first time my kids were on one was in a playground in Germany.  One of my dds got flipped off it (well, she'd never been on one before), and split her nose and we had to go to the ER and get it glued back together. Whoopsie.

 

Yes, I believe the reason they are not being included in playgrounds anymore is because of the injuries. Those spinning merry-go-round things have all but disappeared, too.

 

We still have monkey bars and fireman poles in many playgrounds here.


Edited by wintermom, 21 April 2017 - 01:09 PM.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:16 PM

I called them both. My grandpa welded a metal one that could go around in a full circle, and it had metal tractor seats. I loved that thing. I'm sure it was dangerous.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:24 PM

I always thought that see-saw and teeter-totter were interchangeable.  I call them either word I happen to think of first.  I always thought that see-saw was onomatopoetic and described the sound that it makes when it moved but I don't know if there is any basis for that thought in reality. 


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:29 PM

We would day teeter-totter. But hear seesaw just as often.Kansas.

I haven't been to a playground in ages, but I also noticed all the fun stuff was gone... seesaw, monkey bars, merry-go-round, even slides and swing sets. Most of the ones I've seen in the last 10 years or so are just big plastic structures with attachments on them and walkways and little playhouse-like parts here and there. So boring!


Lol. At both parks we visit ALL of these are present. And sand boxes, mentioned up thread.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 01:39 PM

Yes, I believe the reason they are not being included in playgrounds anymore is because of the injuries. Those spinning merry-go-round things have all but disappeared, too.

We still have monkey bars and fireman poles in many playgrounds here.



There's a playground near us that put in a plastic version of a merry-go-round. It has high sides and you sit (or lay) in the inside - umm, kind of like a oh forget it, here's a link http://www.oregonliv...nks_old_sc.html

There's also a park near us that has teeter totters that stay level when nobody is on them, but act like a teeter totter when kids are on them. They're on giant springs. Like this! http://www.aaastateo...ell-teeter-duo/

Maybe 10% of the playgrounds here have some fun stuff (not old and dangerous, but modern fun) and the rest are those boring, plastic things that are everywhere now. Recently, we have been seeing super high and steep slides!

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 02:22 PM

See-saw but my mom grew up in the Midwest and she always called them teeter-totters so I would immediately know what somebody meant by that. It's just like how she would call the cellar "basement".



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:35 PM

Seesaw. Australia

Dh calls them teeter totter. Canada

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:39 PM

Exactly. I grew up in the PNW.


Me too-- I called it a teeter totter growing up, usually a seesaw now.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:49 PM

Now I want to call it a hickey horse just to watch the expressions on the faces of the other moms at the park.

:D

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 03:51 PM

Seesaw, New York.  

Playgrounds are not what they used to be.  Around here there are still monkey bars and firefighter poles.  No merry-go-round, seesaws, rocking animals, or any of the really dangerous stuff that was fun.



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 04:05 PM

I voted for seesaw and teeter-totter. I'm more likely to use seesaw, myself, but I'd have no question what someone else meant by teeter-totter.

 

And there is one at the playground nearest to my house!