|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
You are not logged in. [Log In] Wordsmith.org » Forums » (Old) Weekly themes. (have been consolidated into a single forum above) » Beheading words » tarn Register User Forum List Calendar Active Topics Search FAQ
#87559 - 11/22/02 09:21 PM tarn
What in tarnation is a "tarn"? I never heard the word until I encountered it in "engines"
"Who remembers that Henry David Thoreau wrote
"Civil Engineer" after his name when he signed
documents? He fathered the American pencil
industry by inventing the clay binders that made
inferior American graphite into a decent pencil lead.
Then he manufactured and sold pencils. He also left
detailed drawings for his famous cabin by Walden
pond. Would-be ascetics have, ever since, made
perfect copies of his retreat in Colorado, Arizona --
wherever there's a mountain tarn or stream to
I found it in a site about mountain climbing:
"The optimist in me was thinking "tarn... tarn... tarn," a term I guess I should explain.
A tarn is a small alpine lake, often fed primarily by snowmelt (the exact definition
varies). I knew already that one of them (using the loose definition) exists in southern California
It is unimaginatively named "The Tarn", and sits (in season) on the southern shoulder
of Mt. San Gorgonio. I hope to visit it someday."
5ME terne < or akin to ON tj;rn, tarn, lit., hole filled with water6 a small lake, esp. one that fills a cirque
Geol. a steep, hollow excavation high on a mountainside, made by glacial erosion; natural amphitheater
Forum Stats 8912 Members
Max Online: 3341 @ 12/09/11 02:15 PM
Newest Members Preboomer, Smithwillsam, folatre, Rockyhud220, L82cannon
8912 Registered Users
Who's Online 0 registered (), 130 Guests and 5 Spiders online. Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters (30 Days)
endymion6 85 wofahulicodoc 75 LukeJavan8 69 May 34 A C Bowden 9 Tromboniator 2
wwh 13858 Faldage 13803 Jackie 11613 tsuwm 10537 LukeJavan8 8098 Buffalo Shrdlu 7210 AnnaStrophic 6511 wofahulicodoc 6474 Wordwind 6296 of troy 5400
Board Rules · Mark all read Contact Us · Wordsmith.org · Top
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
© 1994-2016 Wordsmith