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Old 03-08-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Why oh why does it bother me so much when people refer to ships as "boats"...anyone else with me on this?
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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Why oh why does it bother me so much when people refer to ships as "boats"...anyone else with me on this?
It doesn't really "bother" me, but I do notice it.
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Yeah me too but that's only because an Uncle use to own a ship and if i called it a boat i could swim the rest of the trip ;-)

But lots of people just don't know that there is a difference netween a boat and a ship,
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......so long as I am on one I don't care if they call it a barge.....just get me on a cruise....
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......so long as I am on one I don't care if they call it a barge.....just get me on a cruise....
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Did it bother you when Disney called it the Big Red Boat?
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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I call it a boat just to be funny - because my kids always want to know if we'd have to row like in a pirate ship.

So, not all who call it a boat don't know
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So, I was on my first cruise... and one of the ship's crew (he was part of the captain's crew) over heard me say something about the "boat". He stopped me and sternly told me,

"This is a SHIP. A ship can carry a BOAT..."

Needless to say, I have never made that mistake again!!
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So, I was on my first cruise... and one of the ship's crew (he was part of the captain's crew) over heard me say something about the "boat". He stopped me and sternly told me,

"This is a SHIP. A ship can carry a BOAT..."

Needless to say, I have never made that mistake again!!
.......what a jerk that guy was IMO.....you are paying his salary....if you want to call it a airplane he should have smiled and proceeded on his way...
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It is funny you posted this. I was just talking to my Dad on the phone about our cruise. They cruise a couple of times a year but this this is our first time together and their first time on DCL. I was giving him all kinds of info and I kept saying boat. He kept correcting me with the word ship. I didn't know it was a big deal. After about 10 correction I will never call it a boat again.
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a ship is:

a large sea-going vessel (opposed to a boat); especially (in modern times) a vessel having a bowsprit and three masts, each of which consists of a lower, top, and topgallant mast.
In Old English the word was used also for small craft

A boat is defined as:

(a) a small open vessel in which to traverse the surface of water, usually propelled by oars, though sometimes by a sail.

(b) extended to various vessels either smaller than, or in some way differing from, a ‘ship’; esp. small sailing vessels employed in fishing, or in carrying mails and packets, and small steamers. (Sometimes applied to large ocean steamers, though these are more properly ‘steam ships’.)


Would you sail on a Cruise Ship or a Cruise Boat??
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Ok, I should have said "sternly teasing".... he really wasn't being mean about it. LOL
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:22 PM   #13
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Why oh why does it bother me so much when people refer to ships as "boats"...anyone else with me on this?
No, it doesn't bother me, but it does bother me when my BIL refers to a painting we have in our house as a picture. So, I know where you're coming from

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.......what a jerk that guy was IMO.....you are paying his salary....if you want to call it a airplane he should have smiled and proceeded on his way...
I may be paying his salary, but part of my investment in him is wanting assurances that he knows what he's talking about. It's his JOB. He is not in guest services, he is part of the bridge crew. They take pride in their vessels and so should we... especially since we are paying so much money to be on them!
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #15
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No, it doesn't bother me, but it does bother me when my BIL refers to a painting we have in our house as a picture. So, I know where you're coming from

Mike
You don't want to invite me to your house. Hubby has the same complaint. I also call the remote a "clicker". Makes him kind of insane. My family all says weird stuff like that. Funny thing is my dad would have a fit if you called a ship a boat. But he is a boat guy and owns many "boats".

PS: It doesn't bother me!
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