06 Oct 2015 3:17 PM +00:00 UTC

Hoverboard Officially Becomes A Dictionary Word, 'Back to the Future II'-Style Skateboards Announced

October 21st 2015 is almost here, and there are still no flying cars, but some predictions from Back to the Future 2 are becoming a reality. We just shared the news that Pepsi is producing a limited-edition futuristic Pepsi Perfect bottles, and we've also seen the hoverboard that Lexus is developing earlier this year. Although Lexus' hoverboard was proven to levitate, it sucks in comparison to what we've seen in the Robert Zemeckis-direted sequel.

Today, Oxford English Dictionary is finally declating that "hoverboard" is a word.

Here's the official ruling from the Oxford English Dictionary:

While some of the technology on show in that film's futuristic version of Hill Valley's Courthouse Square is now relatively familiar in our own 2015 (tablet computers, worn technology, and biometric locks), other promised advances (flying cars, domestic fusion generators, and holographic 3D movie advertisements) still seem a long way from everyday reality. The real-life status of perhaps the most iconic and coveted of the film's gadgets is less clear-cut, however, and the spike on our frequency graphs also reflects the increasing number of reports of hoverboards in the real world over the last few months. But what is a real hoverboard? The prototypes unveiled by Lexus and ArxPax recently clearly satisfy the most important criteria for Back to the Future fans: they hover. Both rely on the repelling power of intense magnetic fields—generated by superconducting magnets cooled by liquid nitrogen—acting on a special magnetized track. So neither holds out the possibility that we'll all be zooming around towns and cities on them anytime soon. On the other hand, the boards ridden by rapper Wiz Khalifa at Los Angeles airport recently (ridden, that is, until police wrestled him to the ground), and by a pilgrim performing the tawaf in Mecca are hoverboards in name only: the word is currently registered as a trademark in the US and the UK by manufacturers of a miniature, Segway-style, two-wheeled vehicle which stays firmly on the ground. Whether these devices take off (while not actually taking off) remains to be seen; certainly, they haven't been round long enough to be included in the new OED entry, which restricts itself to boards that Marty McFly would recognize.

The official dictionary entry, added in September 2015, defines the hoverboard as "a board, resembling a skateboard without wheels, which hovers above the ground and may be ridden like a skateboard."

And although we may have to wait a few years to get the hoverboards like the ones we've seen in the movie, Madrid and Valterra are teaming up to release special 30th anniversary officially licenced limited edition skateboards based on the hoverboard designs in the movie.

The 30th Anniversary Collector's Limited Edition Hoverboard Skateboards are officially licensed by Universal Studios and Madrid and Valterra. The hoverboard skateboards are now up for pre-order and will only be available for a very limited time. On October 25th, 2015 they will stop taking orders, and the 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition hoverboard skateboards will become Back to the Future history. The limited-edition skateboards are being sold by WereGoingBack for $199.95 each, or $880.00 for a complete set of Marty Mcely's pink board and the Griff's Gang boards.