Richard-Business Eng
Professional Teacher

Why is water wet?

Why is the sky always overhead?

Why are there no penguins in the Arctic?

How do boats float?

Wouldn’t it be great to have a six-month vacation twice a year?

Why do mosquitoes always fly around in your ear?

Seriously... Why not try to write something clever, witty or comical (just for fun)

Apr 2, 2019 1:05 AM
Comments · 31
Reading John's comment reminds me that "Wetter" in German means "weather", so weather is wet, no, wetter, by default in Germany. It's like this joke: No matter how kind you are, German children are Kinder. (Kinder = children)
April 2, 2019

That's an encouraging thought to cheer us up about the damp British climate.

No matter how wet it is here, you can be sure that the weather is always Wetter in Germany. Nice.

April 2, 2019

The wetness of water is thought to be due to its high moisture content.
Source:  (Dr) Jason A. Rush, Department of Mathematics, Edinburgh University

If we define "wet" as the condition of a liquid sticking to a solid surface, such as water wetting our skin, then we cannot say that water is wet by itself, because it takes a liquid AND a solid to define the term "wet."
Source:  University of California

“Strong tetrahedral hydrogen bonding!” That’s the correct answer. That’s what makes water wet.
Source: Richard Saykally (chemist)

Water isn’t wet. Wet is what you would use to describe the feeling of water, not what it is. Things become wet after it’s been “touched” by water not while it is being “touched”. Water makes things wet but it is not wet itself. 

The word wet is an adjective. It is used to say that something has had water (or another liquid) applied to it. You can’t apply water to itself to make it wet or wetter. Think of it like this:
Water + Road = Wet road
Water + Water = More water
That is why water cannot be wet.

Water is wet because other than saying it's naturally transparent I can't think of any other way to describe it.
And I should know because I'm full of it... :) ... well, at least 60% by weight... :)
Source:  Richard, former research chemist with Health Canada, Health Protection Branch. Co-author of The Journal of the Association of Official Analytical Chemistry, 1989, research paper entitled, "Determination of Methyl Bromide In Foods by Headspace Capillary Gas Chromatography with Electron Capture Detection".
April 2, 2019

-And boats float because they sail salty water.

-But Chac, boats also sail fresh water!

-Well yeah...because...mmmm... boat builders hide a sack of salt somewhere in those boats :)

April 2, 2019

Several postings above have misspelled whether as wether. There are actually three different homophones here, whether, weather, and wether, but not many people know the third one unless they've been around a farm.

As Miriam says, a wether is a male sheep, but that definition is missing important, as is the sheep. A dictionary will steer you in the right direction (nyuck, nyuck).

Once you get into the vocabulary of farming and animal husbandry, you find that there are dozens of specialized words describing animals in various states and stages of their lives. 

The most familiar use is in the compound word bellwether, which is usually used in the figurative sense of "leading indicator" or "predictor." But it literally means the wether who wears a bell on his neck and leads a flock of sheep.

So the question is not if there are withering witticisms, but whether wethers can weather them.

April 2, 2019
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