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No doubt, water isn’t wet

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By Landon Williams | Staff Reporter

First, let’s define what the word wet means. The word wet is defined as, “Covered with, or saturated with liquid (such as water).” Using this definition, we will attempt to prove why water cannot be wet. I believe that water feels wet, but is not in and of itself wet. The nature of something being wet, means that the water on the surface of it can be dried. If you go out in the rain, then your hair gets wet, but if you go inside and dry it, the wetness is removed. Water cannot be removed from water or else the water itself ceases to exist. To make something wet is an ability that water has, but it is impossible for water to become saturated with itself. If you poured water onto water, you wouldn’t say that the water has become wet, you would just continue to call it water. To continue with this logic, let’s define the word saturated. The word saturated can be defined as, “(a substance) to combine with, dissolve, or hold the greatest possible quantity of another substance.” Based off this logic, one substance cannot become saturated with itself. Since the word wet is defined as being saturated with a substance, it is impossible for water to be wet. Water can saturate things and can also be saturated by other substances, but it is impossible for it to be wet.

Another train of thought we can pursue similarly is with fire. Fire can burn things, but it itself is not burned. If something is burned, that means that it has come into contact with fire. If fire comes into contact with itself, it just becomes a larger fire. Water holds the same qualities, it can make things wet, but since it cannot be saturated with itself, it is not possible for it to be wet.

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