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  • kitenok

    Senior Member
    Hi gisi,
    I have never in my life heard the term abseiling, although I see that it exists in the Oxford English Dictionary. As far as I know, descent down a cliff by rope is rappelling (and only rappelling) in American English.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    This strikes me as more of a "research" question rather than a language question.

    As far as I know, abseiling is the same thing as rappelling. (Note the double L.)
     

    TurnLeft

    Member
    British English
    Hi gisi,
    I have never in my life heard the term abseiling, although I see that it exists in the Oxford English Dictionary. As far as I know, descent down a cliff by rope is rappelling (and only rappelling) in American English.
    While on the other hand, I have never in my life heard the term rappelling, although I see that it exists in the Oxford English Dictionary. As far as I know, descent down a cliff by rope is abseiling (and only abseiling) in British English.
     

    Pedro y La Torre

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    English (Ireland)
    For what it's worth, rappelling is absolutely unknown in Ireland too. Abseiling would seem the somewhat more logical term, coming as it does from the German to scale down a rope, while rappel looks to be derived from the French meaning recall.
     
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