248: The Cat Did My Homework

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It's strange what things keep me up at night. I woke up about 3 AM, mainly because the cats were pounding to get into the bedroom, and was suddenly struck by how many words we have for different bodies of water: lake, pond, pool, mere, spring, river, stream, brook, ocean, sea, estuary, creek, marsh, swamp, bayou...considering how important water has been to civilization for both sustenance and transportation it seems logical to have so many words. But then I realized that I have no idea what the difference is between a brook, stream or creek, which kept me up until the cats gave up pounding on the door. Someday I hope  the kitties will learn that the bedroom door doesn't open till 6:00 AM, but was for myself I am going to spend the morning looking up information on waterways.