Where did UGG boots get their name? Is the name really short for “ugh?”

The unisex sheepskin and fleece footware called UGG boots, or simply uggs, gained popularity in the 1960s when competitive surfers began wearing them. They were the perfect remedy for cold, numb, wet feet.

Now, everyone seems to be sporting the boots, from Hollywood celebrities and their tween followers to suburban moms. Originally of simple design, uggs now sport glamorous embellishments such as brass grommets, fringe, and animal skin patterns.

The history of the term ― and the trademark — are highly disputed. Australia and New Zealand both claim to be the original home of uggs and in these countries the term “ugg” can be used to market any fleece and sheepskin boot. That is, it is considered a generic term. However, in more than 100 other countries, UGG is a registered trademark.

(People are fond of tucking their UGGs into jeans. Do you know what two places “denim” and “jeans” are named for? Find out here.)

So, what does the word mean?

Well, it doesn’t mean “ugh,” the commonly used interjection of disgust or dislike that was first recorded in 1837.

The word may have derived from fug boots that were worn by aviators in rural Australia during World War I. The term is believed to be a shortened version of “flying ugg boots.”

The owner of one company that has been making the boots since the late 1950s claims that he invented the name. He says that his inspiration came from his wife, who called the boots ugly.


US Fed News Service, Including US State News February 28, 2006 The University of Delaware issued the following news release:

Three members of UD’s physical therapy department have been honored with awards-including one named after the recipient himself. They are Tara Jo Manal, Joseph A. Lucca and Cathy Ciolek.

Manal, director of UD’s physical therapy clinic, has been awarded the James A. Gould Excellence in Teaching Orthopedic Physical Therapy Award from the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

The international award, named for the founding co-editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, recognizes excellence in instructing orthopedic physical therapy principles and techniques. in our site physical therapy salary

The UD physical therapy clinic provides clinical education experience for UD physical therapy students, offers clinical research opportunities for faculty and students and provides service to patients in the University and local communities.

Manal has been treating patients at the clinic since 1993, and has a special interest in spine and knee rehabilitation. She has worked with dancers, gymnasts and figure skaters, including Olympic gold medalists Oksana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov.

Manal is completing her doctorate in biomechanics and movement sciences.

“We have known for years that Tara Jo has been an excellent instructor; now the entire orthopedic section of the APTA knows as well,” Stuart Binder-Macleod, chairperson of the physical therapy department said after the award presentation this month. go to web site physical therapy salary

Manal also received the Excellent Educators Award from the sports section of the APTA. Last month, UD’s physical therapy department presented her with the Alumni Award.

Lucca, associate professor of physical therapy, is the first recipient of the Joe Lucca Service Award. The Delaware Physical Therapy Association (DPTA) named the award in Lucca’s honor to recognize his years of distinguished service to the field of physical therapy and to the DPTA.

Lucca has served as the association’s president, vice president, treasurer, chief delegate, delegate and nominating committee member.

He also helped establish direct access to physical therapy service for Delaware patients and to limit ownership of physical therapy clinics to physical therapists.

Ciolek, associate director of UD’s Neurological and Older Adult Physical Therapy Clinic, received two awards from APTA’s geriatric section this month-the Excellence in Clinical Teacher Award and the President’s Award.

Ciolek, who is DPTA president, is a specialist in geriatric physical therapy with an emphasis on balance, falls prevention and osteoporosis.

The teaching award recognizes outstanding work as a clinic educator in a geriatric health care setting. The president’s award recognizes achievements in the geriatric physical therapy field and within the APTA’s geriatric section.

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