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Consider this news report from cnn.com: A weekend of heavy rain is creating a commuter nightmare in Washington, D.C., and the mid-Atlantic region, spilling mud over the Capital Beltway, washing out roads and disrupting Amtrak service. The National Archives closed because the moat surrounding the building has flooded. Forecasters warn the storms won't end any time soon.

Isn't a moat, by definition, supposed to be flooded?

Now I'm wondering what the government uses to stock the moat: are there piranha protecting the Constitution?

About the moat

Date: 2006-06-26 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elphaba-of-oz.livejournal.com
Haven't I seen photos of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney swimming around in there?

Re: About the moat

Date: 2006-06-26 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainbear.livejournal.com

And I think Condi's trying.. but I think she's having trouble coming up to gutter level.

Date: 2006-06-27 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigira.livejournal.com
Well, in insurance parlance, at least, a flood is what happens when ground water escapes its natural boundaries (either because of flow - like when the snow melts off and the rivers rise above their banks, or due to exessive rainfall, so that the water cannot runoff as quickly as it's falling).

Date: 2006-06-27 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selki.livejournal.com
Now I understand why I was IM'd today about whether my basement had flooded. We've had lots of rain, but no flooding around me, just some big puddles.

ow I'm wondering what the government uses to stock the moat: are there piranha protecting the Constitution?

If only! ;-)

Date: 2006-06-28 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oaktavia.livejournal.com
well, uhm - I would say that if it isn't flooded (as in no water) then isn't it just a ravine?

I absolutely LOVE your icon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
how/where'd you make it??????

Date: 2006-06-29 11:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeneralist.livejournal.com
The icon? Same family of generate-your-own-manga-icon website that a lot of our friends have been using. I'll send you the link when I log in from the computer that I stored the bookmark on....

Date: 2006-06-29 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oaktavia.livejournal.com
oh yes!! please please please!!!???

Date: 2006-06-29 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeneralist.livejournal.com
It's at


I love words

Date: 2006-06-30 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squishydish.livejournal.com
From Webster's New International, Unabridged, 2nd Edition (1950 -- yes, my office has a dictionary from last decade, but that one is abridged):

moat, n. [OF, mote -- hill, dike, bank (F. motte -- clod, turf), of obsc., perh. Teut. or Celt. origin. Cf mote -- a height .]
1. Fort. A deep and wide trench around the rampart of a castle or other fortified place, usually filled with water; a ditch.
2. A lake or ditch. Obsc. exc. Dial.

moat, v.t. To surround with or as with a moat.

I guess the key word here is usually -- so not ALWAYS filled with water.
So technically, cnn.com is correct.
It's certainly possible, however, that the word usage is correct via fortuity rather than philology.



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