I wonder if there is any spesific verb in English defining the action one performs to check the depth of water by trying to touch the seabed with their feet.If not,what would you say to describe this action?
Thanks in advance.
If a person is swimming, and someone on shore asks, "Can you touch the bottom?", he means: can the person stand on the bottom and still have his mouth above the waterline. Other than that 'rough' guide, a person would have to swim a few feet underwater, and if he can see the bottom, estimate how deep it is e.g. looks about 10 foot deep (using his own body height and his vertical position in the water as a kind of reference: if you dive down and sesne your feet as being just out of the water, and you are 6' tall, then you might estimate that the bottom is another four foot away)
I would say touch bottom. But then I am not originally from the South.
I must not follow regular American English........
As I was saying, perhaps you should come visit "up north" sometime soon.
- only not too soon. It's still winter here (more snow today), and judging from the winter it's been, it seems as if spring's gonna take its sweet time gettin' here.
Last edited by Monticello; 02-Mar-2009 at 01:08.