More on dousing; dictionary lists 43 definitions, uses term for 'water'

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Having stood by since April 17, listening and watching the many different responses, inundant wailing, the lack of facts and the apparent lack of concern for the troops (from all the branches) who have and are finding themselves placed in harm's way, no longer can I remain silent.

One might ask, "What is a little water?" The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, second edition unabridged, offers not one, not two, not three, but 43 definitions and/or uses for the term "water." Amazing, just simply amazing!

So, if a person with a little time on their hands (standing at the "Y" or at the curb, aside) were to find a copy of the above-mentioned reference book, he or she just might find a suitable description for what was in the bucket.

The No. 1 definition goes like this: "a transparent, odorless, tasteless liquid, a compound of hydrogen and oxygen, H2O, freezing at 32 degrees F. or 0 degrees C. and boiling at 212 degrees F. or 100 degrees C., that in a more or less impure state constitutes rain, oceans, lakes, rivers, etc.; it contains 11.188 percent hydrogen and 88.812 percent oxygen, by weight."

And No. 2 says "a special form or variety of this liquid, as rain." And definition No. 25 goes this way: "to sprinkle, moisten or drench with water: to water the flowers; to water the street."

Now, how about them apples?

Well, folks, the hope is that this little narrative does not show too much sarcasm or cynicism.

R.W. Shannon

Kenai



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