Thursday, October 10, 2019

The ultimate first world problem




No One Needs a Superyacht, but They Keep Selling Them.  (The New York Times, 10/8/2019)
This is an industry in which problems include protecting the owner’s Picasso collection from salt air, clumsy crew members and faulty sprinklers. 
Or maybe you have to decide whether to build one 330-foot vessel (100 meters) or join a trend of the last few years by opting for a “smaller” 200-foot yacht with a 165-foot support vessel to carry a submarine, helicopter, speedboats and other toys. Aviva, a 320-foot yacht launched in 2017, was the first in the world to include a full-size indoor paddle tennis court.

According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the phrase 'first world' -- the highly developed industrialized nations often considered the westernized countries of the world -- occurred in 1967.

Other coinages from the same year include:
  1. air ball
  2. blue flu
  3. chump change
  4. group home
  5. max out
  6. rip off
  7. speed freak
  8. sports drink
  9. wet bar

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