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19:19 Jul 2, 2003
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English term or phrase: blue riband
Blue riband? Please help me clarify the term.


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The shortest race in the outdoor timetable, the 100 m sprint offers the purest expression of human speed and has become one of the "blue riband" athletic events.
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5 +2Blue riband, blue ribbonDavid Moore
3 +3blue ribbon
Kim Metzger
4 +1blue ribbon
Terry Burgess
4Post grading: Name of the trophy awarded to the passenger carrying ship which......
DGK T-I


  

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blue ribbon


Explanation:
The word 'ribband' is rarely used in US English. I think you'll that it's more common in British English. But the meaning is the same.


    Reference: http://www.blueriband-accommodation.com/
    Merriam Websters
Kim Metzger
Mexico
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agree  Christopher Crockett: I've never seen "ribband".
14 mins

agree  DGK T-I: title given to the passenger ship which holds the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic between Britain & the US.A title held by many famous ocean liners in their day.Perhaps 'blue ribband events' is a ref. to this once legendary competition
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agree  airmailrpl
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blue ribbon


Explanation:
Luck!
terry


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Terry Burgess
Mexico
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agree  airmailrpl
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Post grading: Name of the trophy awarded to the passenger carrying ship which......


Explanation:
....holds the record (at any given time) for the fastest ever crossing of the Atlantic between Britain & USA (by a passenger ship). In their day, famous ocean liners held this title. It's a famous informal competition / honour. The blue ribband, as said is simply an old name for a blue ribbon. Possibly mention of speed competitions generally comes from this.

DGK T-I
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Blue riband, blue ribbon


Explanation:
Here is a proper explanation of the term's origin - I'm not claiming no-one has given examples of its correct use, but the term positively cries out for an explanation to be given:
The OED definition is
"1651. 1. A ribbon of blue silk, worn as a badge of honour, especially the blue ribbon of the Order of the Garter; 2. The greatest distinction, the first place or prize 1848; 3 A small strip of blue ribbon worn as a distinctive badge by certain teetotallers 1878."

David Moore
Local time: 19:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 864

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agree  DGK T-I: The first definition makes it a very old tradition indeed. Interesting.Thank you.
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agree  airmailrpl
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