The Language of Open Water Swimming


Social scientists estimate that most adults have a vocabulary of 60,000 words. In order to achieve that linguistic level, children learn up to 20 new words per day until they reach the age of 18. But only 4,000 words make up 98% of human conversations.

And among every human activity, there are specialty words and phrases that are well-known among its practitioners, fans and enthusiasts.

Open water swimming is no different.

Transponders, feeding sticks, lanolin, Maxim, and bilateral breathing are all examples of these specialty terms. For more words specific to the sport of open water swimming, visit Terms at Openwaterpedia here where 1,208 different open water swimming words and phrases are listed.

Photo of Ashley Twichell at the Midmar Mile.

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