Jet Ski

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Jet Ski is the brand name of a personal watercraft manufactured by Kawasaki.[1] It was the "first commercially successful" personal watercraft in America, having been released in 1972.[1] The term is sometimes used to refer to any type of personal watercraft, for example: Superjet by Yamaha.

Common noun

Though the proper noun "Jet Ski" is a registered trademark of Kawasaki, the common noun "jet ski" refers to small recreational watercraft.[2] The Oxford English Dictionary records the term in use in 1961 to describe the aquatic motorbike, and in 1948 to designate a jet-propelled aircraft equipped with skis.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Josephson, Paul R. (2007). Motorized Obsessions: Life, Liberty, and the Small-Bore Engine. JHU Press. p. 150. ISBN 9780801886416. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. Merriam Webster Dictionary Retrieved 2013-05-04.  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. Oxford English Dictionary (non-public access, login required) Retrieved 2013-05-04.  Missing or empty |title= (help); |chapter= ignored (help)[dead link]

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