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Old 22 March 2016, 12:11 AM
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Looking at the CGI of the boat/ship/floaty thing it has already been named - Name of Vessel. What's wrong with that?
I'm hijacking this vessel to mention that I recently learned* there's a play called [title of show]. Yes, the brackets are part of the title.

*Perhaps that would be a more appropriate thread.
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Old 22 March 2016, 12:17 AM
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A friend of a friend pointed out on Facebook that due to the shape of the hull it should technically be called Shippy McShipface. But I'm not really an expert of boats... er, I mean ships... eh, let's just call it Floaty McFloatingthing.
'Taint the shape of the hull that defines it -
What’s the Difference Between a Boat and a Ship?

With the line between house and boat a little bit clearer, reader Steve asked us to clarify something else: “What defines a boat, versus a ship?” One of the quickest ways to reveal yourself as a landlubber is to refer to a ship as a boat, but there’s no absolute distinction between the two, and even experienced mariners rely on local custom and usage to differentiate them.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/33557...-boat-and-ship
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Old 22 March 2016, 12:22 AM
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My understanding was that all ships are boats, but not all boats are ships.

#notallboats
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Old 22 March 2016, 12:34 AM
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I heard once that if it's big enough to have its own boat, it's a ship.
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Old 22 March 2016, 01:57 AM
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Well, ATNM's article points out that while that's a good rule of thumb, some yachts, fishing boats, tugboats, etc. can carry a lifeboat or small dingy, but that doesn't automatically promote them to "ship".

We could just end this debate by calling it Vessel McVesselface.
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Old 22 March 2016, 02:21 AM
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I'm in favor of the HMS Exploding Whale, myself. Or possibly the HMS Closer To The Rhino.
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Old 22 March 2016, 03:10 AM
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While Boaty McBoatface is an honourable name, Boaty Boatwright is an actual person with accomplishments that include breaking the ice for many successful contracts. So I think the committee should at least consider naming the bo-, er, vessel after the well-known (among those who need to know) talent agent.
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Old 22 March 2016, 03:18 AM
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I'm partial to "Ice Ice Baby".
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Old 22 March 2016, 08:54 AM
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Clearly the name is of Scottish, at best (if you're trying to pin this on someone else) Irish origin. ...
Names with "Mc" are Scottish (it would be "Mac" for Irish) but the specific construction "Thingy McThingface" sounds American, to me...

(eta) Maybe it's just "something that young people say" and therefore I think it's American. It's probably something to do with these Millenials we keep hearing about. Neither of us are Millenials, right? Would it be OK with you if we blamed them?
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Old 22 March 2016, 12:46 PM
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Sounds American to me, too.
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Old 22 March 2016, 12:53 PM
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Old 22 March 2016, 01:28 PM
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I would have thought Boaty McBoaterson instead of Boaty McBoatface.

I think they should go with a classic- maybe the HMS Hood or the Lusitania.
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Old 22 March 2016, 01:28 PM
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It sounds like a Blackadderism to me.

Note: I work for the company concerned
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Old 22 March 2016, 02:19 PM
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I like "Not The Titanic"


It wards off disaster with one hand, while sweepingly inviting one to imagine an age when mighty vessels prowled the wine-dark seas with the other...

kind of like a man threading water.
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Old 22 March 2016, 02:25 PM
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I think they should go with a classic- maybe the HMS Hood or the Lusitania.
The latter idea was suggested, but it got torpedoed pretty quickly. Too soon?
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Old 22 March 2016, 03:44 PM
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Boaty McBoatface should be captained by NHL All-Star MVP Captain John Scott.


(For another public smartass vote that got out of hand, turned somewhat ugly, went through, and eventually became a legitimate heartwarming story)
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Old 22 March 2016, 04:40 PM
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Scrotty McBoogerballs.


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Old 22 March 2016, 04:47 PM
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The latter idea was suggested, but it got torpedoed pretty quickly. Too soon?
The former was mentioned, too, but it sank after a volley of well aimed criticism.

If it was going to the Artic, I'd suggest Hudson or Franklin.
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It sounds like a Blackadderism to me.
Blackadder had "Wee Jock Poo-Pong McPlop", and such repetitive phrases as "the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun," but I don't think that exact construction is a Blackadderism.


http://adm.8m.com/insults2.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/blackadd...ur_major.shtml

I thought you meant you worked for the BBC's light entertainment division for a moment!

(eta) Ah, there is "madder than Mad Jack McMad" of course:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xqw...jack-mcmad_fun

That's closer, but it still has some wit involved and doesn't pointlessly put "-face" on the end.
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Old 22 March 2016, 05:36 PM
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Again, I really don't think it's intended or believed to be witty.

I used to call the neighborhood cat who liked to sleep in the middle of the road Doofus McStupidkitty. I was under no illusions about the wittiness of the sobriquet.
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