We can’t always be stats and measurements and water saving tips. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow (aha) and celebrate the joys of descriptive language.

Keeping it watery, here are a few words from A to Z (or thereabouts) to describe the liquid bringer of life (unless you’re a vampire of course, then it’s a different story):




Fluvial is a term used in geography and geology to refer to the processes associated with rivers and streams and the deposits and landforms created by them.


Oxbow – used to describe both a yoke for an ox and a particular shaped bend in a river.  (I just learnt that – colour me proud!)

Precipitation is any product of the condensation of atmospheric water vapour that falls under gravity. The main forms of precipitation include drizzle, rain, sleet, snow, graupel and hail. Say it with me now … pre …cip …ee … tation! Isn’t that satisfying? (Okay, I’ll admit, there’s a little Rocky Horror colouring that watery descriptive word).

Qanat – an underground tunnel for carrying irrigation water.


Aren’t they lovely? Say them with me now Clowed BURST! Floo…vee…owl Mon…sooooon.

Do you have any favourite words describing water in all its magnificent permutations? If so, please feel free to add them in the comments section.