Wednesday, December 12, 2012


SURGE has about nine different definitions in Merriam-Webster's dictionary. It can be both a noun or a verb. Most of the definitions have to do with rising or swelling or the sea. My favorite is "a swelling, rolling, or sweeping forward like that of a wave or series of waves." Think for a moment, so many things can (metaphorically and actually) surge that are not water.

Oddly lacking from the dictionary is the definition: "A sugary, highly caffeinated beverage from the 1990s" As in, "drinking surge gave me a surge of energy, but afterwards I sugar-crashed." Although energy can come in wavelengths, that's not what this sentence is talking about: the energy from caffeine is a surge not to do with water but with how one feels. People can have a surge of anger. The stock market can surge again! (Let's hope so). These things have nothing to do with water, and yet we use a word associated with waves and the sea in metaphor.

How else can you use the word surge? Try to think outside the box and leave a sentence in the comments!

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