[Tagging] Karting...

Steve Doerr steve.doerr at blueyonder.co.uk
Fri Jan 21 22:26:10 GMT 2011

On 10/01/2011 14:03, John Smith wrote:
> On 10 January 2011 23:52, Steve Bennett<stevagewp at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> Definitely with a k. I actually tagged this sport recently, I took a
> Did I really need to say british english? cart with a k is american english.

The whole concept is American, including the spelling. 'Kart' is short 
for 'go-kart'. The word 'go-cart' is listed in the OED with various 
meanings, the earliest being what we would now call a baby-walker. But 
none of the meanings there correponds to the modern 'go-kart', which the 
OED defines solely by reference to a quotation from "The Times" of 12 
February 1963: "The name ‘go-kart’ was given to a miniature racing car, 
which consisted of a bare skeleton or chassis of small size mounted on 
four wheels and powered by a light two-stroke internal combustion 
engine, with the driver's seat a few inches from ground level."


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