So, I'm sitting here reading the paper and enjoying my last weekday off before my faculty duties resume on Monday, and I stumble across this sentence, regarding the cementing of the infamous well in the Gulf.
"A day before, crews forced a slow torrent of heavy mud down the broken wellhead from ships a mile above to push the crude back to its underground source." (appearing in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, byline = Democrat-Gazette Press Services).
I actually stopped reading after "heavy mud," because I couldn't get the question mark in my brain to turn off. A "slow torrent"? Is that possible?
Here's the definition of "torrent" from dictionary.com:
So, there it is, in definition number 2. Indeed, a torrent may move slowly, although I still find it a strange image.
Gotta love the dictionary!