I was strolling on Hampstead Heath and passing the construction site for the new dam.
For the majority, probably unfamiliar with the Heath, there is an area with a number of interlinked ponds. For reasons that most people don’t understand the Corporation Of London have posited the idea that there is a danger of these ponds overflowing and flooding Gospel Oak, the suburb at the lower end of the Heath. Although no-one has ever seen the ponds in danger of overflowing the CoL has decided flooding is a major risk and this requires a new dam to be constructed.
I was looking at the plan of works on the hoardings surrounding the site. According to the plan (and in actuality too) a temporary dam has been put up to allow construction of the new dam. The area in front of the temporary dam has been “de-watered”.
Is there a difference between de-watering and draining?
Any new words Afterworders have found recently?
I guess I better welcome entires from The Uxbridge English Dictionary too.