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    Question bowling pin?

    Hi there,

    can you please what's the BE word for 'a bottle-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target'?
    Is it 'bowling pin'?

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    dreamer2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009 View Post
    Hi there,

    can you please what's the BE word for 'a bottle-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target'?
    Is it 'bowling pin'?

    Thanks,
    dreamer2009
    Yes, it is.

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    Re: bowling pin?

    I think so too, though some may object to our answering this one. :O


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    Re: bowling pin?

    Hi again,

    Thanks for your prompt reply.
    I found 'bowling pin' used in American English, and a colleague of mine argued that the word is not used in British English as well (where they have 'skittle')

    No offence meant, but are you sure that 'bowling pin' is used in BE as well? (I couldn't find it BE online dictionaries either )

    Cheers,
    dreamer....daydreaming

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I think so too, though some may object to our answering this one. :O
    Yeap I get your point here.

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    Re: bowling pin?

    Google.co.uk has thousands of examples of Brits using the term "bowling pin", though your friend is perhaps right that skittle has been more common for a long time.

    "bowling pin" - Google Search

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    Re: bowling pin?

    The thing may be that we've got tenpin bowling in the UK and bowling in the US. In this game, you aim to hit ten pins. In skittles, it's just nine pins (or rather skittles). I don't know if skittles is played anywhere else than in England.

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