The Critical 'I'

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Monday, April 05, 2004

What is le parkour? It's an urban extreme sport born in France, transplanted to the UK, and apparently sweeping teen scene in New York City suburbs.

When I first read about this, the whole walking-up-walls thing, along with the name "parkour", brought to my mind Spider-Man. I wondered if the French derivation of "parkour" wasn't, in fact, from Peter Parker, the Amazing. Reading further into it, I found that it's actually a re-spelling of the French "parcours", meaning "circuit" or "course". Still, I suspect there is a Spider-Man connection, probably at some point during the importing of the scene from French to English.