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Lingua Fran-ca by Mike Warkentin - CrossFit Journal

Lingua Fran-ca

By Mike Warkentin

In CrossFit

June 09, 2013

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Mike Warkentin collects a list of terms that will help you communicate in boxes all over the world.

Throughout history, people of different mother tongues have communicated via lingua francas, or a “bridge languages” that developed to allow commerce and trade.

In the Renaissance Era, Lingua Franca was used for trade and diplomacy in the Mediterranean. In the fitness renaissance we are currently experiencing, we’ve developed terms that can be understood whether you’re doing CrossFit in Paris, France, or Paris, Texas.

I am more correctly librarian than originator of these terms. Credit really goes to the people who invented the terms, as well as those athletes who created a glaring need for them. Such as the walrus, a male CrossFit athlete who refuses to wear shorts over his compression tights.

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4 Comments on “Lingua Fran-ca”


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Hilarious! Thanks.


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Funniest yet!!!


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So funny! I was laughing out loud! Thanks!


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Oh man...LOL.
I'm definitely a walrus chalk monster who has uppercutted himself.

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