I Say Scoop, You Say Shovel

December 7, 2007 at 3:33pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Does a person scoop snow off the driveway, or does he shovel it? Does he use a scoop to do it, or does he use a shovel?

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Dave K December 7, 2007 at 3:44pm

Scoops are for raisins.  Shovels are for snow.  I had never heard of ‘scooping’ snow before I moved here.  It’s a Nebraska thing.

Duffman December 7, 2007 at 3:49pm

I prefer to snow blow my snow.  smile

Fletch December 7, 2007 at 3:52pm

Scoops are for ice cream as well. Be a man and shovel the driveway. Do you go to the store to buy a “snow scoop” or a “snow shovel”.  If you’re like most, you bought a shovel, so use that to shovel your driveway if you don’t use a snow blower.

beerorkid December 7, 2007 at 4:20pm

scoop with my shovel I does.

jwiltshire December 7, 2007 at 4:48pm

i live in an apartment, so I say “stay inside and have cocoa”.

West A Dad December 7, 2007 at 5:28pm

Snapper power!  Did a four car driveway and two sidewalks in about ten minutes last night.

Bubbles December 7, 2007 at 7:08pm

The difference is the type of contraption you use.  If you’re from a farm family you may scoop or shovel; city folk shovel.  A shovel is basically flat; a scoop is more curved up and has a deep “bowl-like” area to it.

foxspit December 7, 2007 at 8:02pm

I’m with Beerorkid, it’s “scoop.” I also don’t call my snow removal instrument a shovel, it’s a grain scoop that I use for snow removal.

However, I have recently graduated to a gas powered snow blower.

So now the question is, am I snowblowing the driveway?

Moses December 7, 2007 at 8:27pm

No, you are just blowing the driveway

Duffman December 7, 2007 at 8:38pm

Classy!!!  smile

Fletch December 7, 2007 at 10:02pm

I do tend to use “snowblow” as a verb, as in, “I am going to go snowblow the driveway.”

That’s as opposed to “shoveling” which can occur after light dustings.

“Scoops” are for picking up poop in the yard. You hear of “pooper scoopers,” never “poop shovels.”

beerorkid December 7, 2007 at 10:05pm

Often I like to enjoy a coke of the sprite variety while scoovoling the snow.

D.M.B. December 7, 2007 at 11:13pm


Sarah December 8, 2007 at 12:40am

Now while it’s entertaining that Merriam-Webster’s definition of “scoop” uses the word “shovel,” I think that scoops and scooping refer to hand-held devices and effort, while shovels and shoveling suggest use of leg and back power.  Therefore, I scoop poop and shovel snow.  smile

net_nut December 8, 2007 at 1:17am

Since blowing isn’t my thing :-?, I use a snow thrower on the driveway.  (Although when I bought the snowblower 15 years ago I thought it was strange to say snow thrower.)  I am guilty of “going out to scoop the snow” off the front steps with a shovel though.

foxspit December 8, 2007 at 1:33am

I need to shovel to scoop all the BS that’s in here! wink

MatF December 8, 2007 at 3:12am

You don’t know my dog…

meatball December 9, 2007 at 4:41pm

In the farm family from where I come, we called them scoop shovels. Most of us used them to shovel corn and to scoop (the snow from) the sidewalk.

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