According to an ST article on 11 Dec by a China Correspondence, Teo Cheng Wee, titled ‘China builds second ‘monster’ ship’, the monster ship he referred to is a mega coast guard ship of 12,000 tonnes. Wow, 12,000 tonnes, so big, so monstrous. Can’t blame children, anything bigger than a bus must be a monster. Children have very limited knowledge of how big the world is. A coast guard ship of 12,000 tonnes is a monster. If I were a teacher I would give him full mark as children need to be encouraged for their innocence.
I am wondering what would this correspondent describe the American aircraft carriers and the B 52 bombers. Maybe he can’t find a word big enough in his vocabulary to describe such monsters. What would be bigger and more deadly than a monster coast guard ship of 12,000 tonnes? What to call an aircraft carrier or a B 52 bomber? A super yacht or a super flying bus?
Any suggestion? Why would a correspondent describe a teeny weeny 12,000 ton coast guard boat with a few anti aircraft guns as a monster? Never seen ship bigger ship than this? The sight of such a big ship must be very impressive to children.