Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Porosity

Porosity is my current favourite word. I'm using it here because, unless you're a geologist or garden writer, it's not easy to work in anywhere.

It means the state or property of being porous, or refers to the ratio of pores or voids to the total volume of something. For example, clay pots are better than plastic for growing many plants because of their porosity.

Porous means letting through water, air etc. It can also refer to breaches of security or leaking of information.

Pour us a drink and poring over manuscripts are entirely different, even if the latter does reveal plot holes.


24 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It can indeed reveal plot holes!

Deborah Walker said...

I did not know that about dragon skin. You learn something new every day.

Wendy's Writing said...

My brain's feeling a bit porous today, Patsy.

Linda G. said...

Great word! I shall endeavor to contain the porosity of my ms plots. ;)

Robin said...

I was just telling someone recently that back when I lived up north that I strongly believed someone should invest a Nose Muff. I even considered giving it a try myself, since my nose was always freezing, but... well, that never happened. I was going into the problems of said contraption and they all had to do with breathing if you had a muff over your nose. The key would be making one with enough porosity for the air to get through AND keep your nose warm. Turns out your word was just what I was seeking!

A. B. said...

This is also a word that could come in quite handy for SFF writers. :D

Patsy said...

Still, it's better to know, isn't it?

Patsy said...

It's something to do with the scales, Deborah.

Patsy said...

I know that feeling, Wendy.

Patsy said...

And pour a cocktail, Linda?

Patsy said...

That'd be a useful gadget, Robin.

Patsy said...

More easily used there than in romance, I imagine A.B.

Jan Baynham said...

Love your posts about words, Patsy. There was an interesting trio on the poetry competition link too - heft, haft, and polish. ('polish' meaning a sense of settlement)

Editors At Work said...

Yay! Learnt another new word today! Thanks Patsy!

Nas

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I like that word - thanks for the link, Patsy!

Patsy said...

I was tempted by heft and haft, Jan. Maybe I'll use them another time.

Patsy said...

You're welcome, Nas.

Patsy said...

Hope you try the competition, Rosemary.

TracyFells said...

What a terrific word, Patsy, just pours off the tongue.

Leandra Wallace said...

It is a fun word to say, that's the first thing I noticed! Also, pretty pic. Container gardening is my fav. I like flipping through books on that subject, especially the kind w/quirky type containers that people have repurposed.

Patsy said...

It does, Tracy.

Patsy said...

It's amazing the places plants will thrive, isn't it?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy .. Porous .. is not a word I'd use 3+ weeks on .. I think the earth is porous ... just glad I'm still on solid ground ... I'll catch up with you as I go through .. cheers Hilary

Patsy said...

The earth around here was porous - I think all the little holes are now full of water, Hilary.