[Talk-GB] Life Ring - British English

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Mon Jun 16 10:43:39 UTC 2014

I've never really known what they're called - but I'd have probably said "lifebuoy" of all the terms so far.
And that's from someone who doesn't particularly adopt Americanisms.


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An office poll of four people here gives the answer "life belt", with a fifth person saying "life ring".

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On 16 June 2014 10:38, Barnett, Phillip <PHILLIP.BARNETT at itn.co.uk> wrote:
And http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=7573 for a modern usage example.

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A local authority is required to provide and maintain lifebelts next to rivers and waterways in the area.


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From: Barnett, Phillip
Sent: 16 June 2014 10:37
To: Richard Mann; Andreas Goss

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Subject: RE: [Talk-GB] Life Ring - British English
Historically it's always been lifebelt in England. See eg http://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/e-brown-survivors-photo.html

Crewman E. Brown and two other Titanic survivors
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From: Richard Mann <richard.mann.westoxford at gmail.com>
Sent: 16 June 2014 10:30
To: Andreas Goss
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Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Life Ring - British English
en-gb is probably lifebuoy

I've never heard it called a life ring - that's too vague a name. Most people would probably refer to it by starting to describe it - one of those red ring things that you can use to help someone who is drowning.

On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Andreas Goss <andig88 at t-online.de> wrote:
I'm trying to clean up the emergency tags in the Wiki and found emergency=life_ring as well as some less used other tag combinations with amenity and buoy.

Is life ring how it is commonly referred to in British English. Just wanted to make sure it's not literal translation from German and isn't used in the UK at all. Wikipedia lists a lot of different names. I guess lifebuoy is more American? And is it written life ring or lifering? Both correct?


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