What do you think a flotel is?
Yep, that's right, it's some sort of a hotel-type thing.
And, yes, that's right, too, there's a floating idea going on as well (an alternative spelling of flotel is floatel, but that's so ugly I hardly liked to mention it).
So, you're thinking white-jacketed stewards, a setting sun turning a cocktail into a gleaming beacon of rapture, and stiff icy napery on the captain's table, right? Basically the same thing as a cruise ship.
A flotel doesn't cruise. And it's not a ship, either.
Neither is it a hotel.
As for the floating thing, well, flotels do their business in the middle of the sea, so they do float sometimes. But not always.
A flotel (ouch!) is an oil rig or boat used as accommodation on off-shore oil rigs. They were used as accommodation during the Mexico oil-spill clean-up, too.
It caused a strike.
'If I wanted to be in prison, I would break the law and go to jail,' said one 'guest' in a flotel, where the cabin walls consisted of curtains and the lack of space made guests nervous about the spread of disease.
I suppose you have to give the coiner of the word flotel marks for humour, though.
Even if it is of the most ironic kind.
Word Not To Use Today: flotel. This word is one of the horrors the 1950s inflicted upon us.