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I'd agree with all of that.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.
Yes yes lots of people like the word "yacht" but the poll is really about the use of the term "sailboat". Having this poll public does allow me to note that 50% of the current votes for "sailboat" come from forumites based in Canada.I'm essentially asserting that "sailboat" is an americanism which is entering British English via youtube and wanting to see if others concur.
Also I suspect some UK based forumites picked sailing boat as the second best option as yacht or sailing yacht was not includedYes yes lots of people like the word "yacht" but the poll is really about the use of the term "sailboat". Having this poll public does allow me to note that 50% of the current votes for "sailboat" come from forumites based in Canada.
I suppose there might be a subtle distinction I've not thought of before: autonomy. Frying or sailing can carry on without the human (at least for a while!). Whereas motorcycle is descriptive of the device; motoring cycle would be accurate only if it did it on its own...I don't mind 'sailboat'. We don't say 'motoring cycle'.
But 'Frypan' is Just Wrong.
Why not yacht?
Yacht or dinghy, depending on size.
Yacht (or dinghy, keelboat, gaffer etc as appropriate).
I don't have a copy of Peter Heaton's "Sailing" to hand, but as I recall his definition of "yacht" was "a boat, when being described to someone who will never see it". It sounds insufferably pretentious to me, and I never, ever describe my boat as a yacht.Yacht or dutch equivalent is a boat for pleasure.