S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen
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Y is for yacht

Poll #1971311 Y is for Yacht

In an alphabet book aimed at toddlers, the following are all usually encountered

Yacht
26(26.3%)
Yak
20(20.2%)
Yarn
8(8.1%)
Yellow
25(25.3%)
Yo-yo
20(20.2%)

A yacht is...

a kind of sail boat
39(54.2%)
an expensive ship
25(34.7%)
regularly encountered by toddlers
8(11.1%)


I was paging through a Hello Kitty alphabet book, and Yacht stood out like a sore thumb for me. What was an expensive ship doing in a book which otherwise contained words like "apple" or "house"; not "f is for foie gras" and "c is for canapés"? I was with a group of local mothers at the time; they all found "Yacht" a perfectly normal. So presumably it's a British thing.
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