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    #1

    merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig?

    I can't find a proper word to describe the machine in the attached picture. Can all the words in the title be used to describe it? Are there any other words? or Which of the words listed above describe it better?



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    Last edited by englishhobby; 20-Nov-2013 at 19:57.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig, attraction ?

    None of the words in the title describe it.

    It's a fairground ride or attraction. It would probably have a specific, descriptive name, like 'Flying Swans'.

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig, attraction ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    None of the words in the title describe it.

    It's a fairground ride or attraction. It would probably have a specific, descriptive name, like 'Flying Swans'.
    Thank you.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig, attraction ?

    Your appreciation is welcome but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It is especially unnecessary to quote our replies back to us. Nobody wants to read my reply again.

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    #5

    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig?

    This is a merry-go-round or carousel:

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    This is a roundabout:

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    Google Images shows several different shots for a whirligig.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    This is a merry-go-round or carousel:

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    This is a roundabout:

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    Google Images shows several different shots for a whirligig.
    Your second is a merry-go-round in AmE.

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    This is a merry-go-round or carousel:

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    This is a roundabout:

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    I've heard carousel for the first, but would use only merry-go-round or roundabout.
    I'd use only roundabout for the second.

    This is what whirligig brings to my mind in the context of fairs.

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    Re: merry-go-round, roundabout, car(r)ousel, whirligig?

    Whirligig sounds Dickensian to me.

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