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"British English" speakers: What do you call a boat propelled by sails?

What is the *British* English term for a boat propelled by sails?

  • Sailboat

  • Sailing Boat

  • British English speakers use both terms equally

  • Some other option you want to be here but isn't


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laika

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Contrary to my normal global outlook, this is a poll exclusively for native speakers of "British English". Not 'Strine and *definitely* not American English. Sorry.
Prompted by a recent thread on liveaboard link I just wanted to clear this issue up once and for all so we can in future link back to this poll.
 

lw395

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Sailing Boat.
But sailboat is a valid word when it scores a lot in Scrabble, honest!

I don't mind 'sailboat'. We don't say 'motoring cycle'.
But 'Frypan' is Just Wrong.
 

laika

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But sailboat is a valid word when it scores a lot in Scrabble, honest!
It's perfectly valid and obviously we understand it. I am merely suggesting that *use* of it by a British person sounds weird and when used by a journalist in a British newspaper screams "I know nothing about what I'm writing about and my single source is american".

I'm essentially asserting that "sailboat" is an americanism which is entering British English via youtube and wanting to see if others concur.
 
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James_Calvert

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Sailing dinghy
Sailing cruiser
Racing yacht

A boat is something on a boating lake, or
A vessel that can be lifted on board a ship
or
A submarine.

A sailing boat is an imprecise term, such as a landlubber might use instead of yacht, for something which has sails.

Sailboat is a newer version of this. A portmanteau word, possibly German in origin?
 
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