Um, no. Boats go on rivers or lakes.Ships go on the ocean or sea.
Posted by Leonard at Sun Mar 12 2006 08:33
I think I saw this exact conversation on The West Wing.
Ah, so this was a reference to some TV show?
Posted by Leonard at Sun Mar 12 2006 13:47
No, I used the wrong word, independently of a fictional character on some TV show using the wrong word.
Well I must confess that I learned the distinction from a Tara King episode of The Avengers. John Steed lectures to an attractive young lady who has been entrusted in his care: "Boats on the river, ships on the sea." That epsiode rocked because the central puzzle eventually hung on the distinction between a canon and a cannon. We'll not see the like of those mysteries again!