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#2984 - 05/28/00 08:36 PM watershed
mzemke Offline

Registered: 05/28/00
Posts: 1
Loc: Michigan
I'm a new user to this site. I am hoping that this is the correct place to ask ?'s. What does "watershed" mean and the origination? Thanks. Marika

#2985 - 05/29/00 02:19 AM Re: watershed
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
I seem to remember from my hazy school geography that it is originally a geographical term. I think we'll find lots of present day meanings.

#2986 - 05/29/00 07:27 AM Re: watershed
Jackie Offline

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Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Here is what GuruNet has to say. I believe I posted about
GuruNet in Announcements. Also, this Board does have a
Q&A about Words section. Not to worry--it takes a while to
find your way around, esp. for someone living three
different roles!


Dictionary Encyclopedia Thesaurus Science Translation Internet Keywords Web Search Books What's New! wa·ter·shed (wô'tər-shĕd', wŏt'ər-)
A ridge of high land dividing two areas that are drained by different river systems.
Also called: water parting
The region draining into a river, river system, or other body of water.
A critical point that marks a division or a change of course; a turning point: “a watershed in modern American history, a time that . . . forever changed American social attitudes” (Robert Reinhold).


The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992, 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
watershed, elevation or divide separating the catchment area, or drainage basin, of one river system from another. The Rocky Mts. and the Andes form a watershed between westward-flowing and eastward-flowing streams. The term is also often synonymous with drainage basin.

#2987 - 05/29/00 08:32 AM Re: watershed
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
This is the usual definition but the second part of the definition leads it to be used in many ways.

In the UK in the media world the "watershed" is used to mean - 9pm. I imagine other countries have a similar set of rules but I'm not sure if the term "watershed" is used.

All television programmes before 9pm have to be acceptable for a family audience, after 9pm (increasingly since Channel 5 came along) almost anything goes.

Which leads me to an aside (it is Miscellany after all)- I was wondering at what time "Friends" is shown in the USA? Here it is at 9pm but it is sometimes repeated at 6pm.


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