Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
#160802 06/29/06 02:30 PM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
wsieber Offline OP
old hand
OP Offline
old hand
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 1,027
From recent correspondence I learned that lakes arising from damming of rivers are not called "artificial" lakes but rather man-made lakes. Now I wonder if this is an isolated case, or if there is a systematic difference in the use of these two expressions.

#160803 06/29/06 05:51 PM
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 456
addict
Offline
addict
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 456
Arguably once filled up they are real lakes regardless of how formed, so 'synthetic' may ostensibly sound more apt. But by one of three definitions and the same origin as artifice , 'artificial' is entirely suitable also.


Γ╥┐↕
#160804 06/29/06 06:34 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
Z
Zed Offline
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Z
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
To me the term artificial lake means that one excavates a hole then carefully landscapes the area around it to look like an artistic version of a natural lake. You know, the like the artist's renderings they show on the time-share pamphlets. A man-made lake on the other hand is one made by damming but without landscaping it.

#160805 06/30/06 05:08 PM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
my usage would flow with Zed's.


formerly known as etaoin...
#160806 07/04/06 11:03 PM
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
Z
Zed Offline
Pooh-Bah
Offline
Pooh-Bah
Z
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,154
Ummm, eta, if it's flowing then it's a river not a lake.

#160807 07/06/06 01:00 AM
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
Carpal Tunnel
Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Mar 2000
Posts: 11,613
It seems to be a matter of what the adjective is modifying: the object, or the process. To me, man-made automatically describes the process of how the lake came to be, while artificial describes the lake itself. And to me, if a lake has real water, then it's a real lake! For the a-word to be acceptable to me in this context, I'd have to say artificially-created lake.

#160808 07/06/06 02:46 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 557
M
addict
Offline
addict
M
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 557
The lakes at theme parks seem pretty artificial in every way - the toilet bowl blue water, the African Queen boats on rails, the concrete hippopotamuses, ...


Moderated by  Jackie 

Link Copied to Clipboard
Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,907
Posts228,517
Members9,162
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Doctor, Silverfox, Red_Canoe, Merchant7, crusoe66
9,162 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
1 members (A C Bowden), 87 guests, and 3 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
Top Posters
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,542
LukeJavan8 9,869
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2022 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5