Is Water Wet?

Ave Clyburn, Staff Writer

All over social media and school people have been asking “Is water wet?’’. Aggressive debates broke out all over the school. A group story on snapchat was even created to try to solve the question.

The question left even the smartest or most smart aleck people stop and think “Is water really wet?”.

“Hold up, stop. Let me pause my music and think about this” said sophomore Hunter Westfall as he thought about the question.

People who say water isn’t wet claim that it’s because wetness is a feeling.

Senior Angela Kim said “Water is not wet because water is watery. It cannot be wet. Wet is the action of what water does to an object.  Wet is a result of what water does to an object. Water is not wet because literally speaking because water is not a synonym of wet because wet is an action of what water results upon other objects. They are completely two different things and they are not correlated unless you put a sentence together. Like you can say “this thing is wet” but you can’t say “this thing is water” or “this thing has water in it” you can’t say “this thing has wet in it”. Mathematically speaking “is” means equal so technically that means water equals wet, but they are not the same thing and they are not synonyms so water is not wet.”

Senior Samuel Wondowossen agrees with Kim’s stand and said “No water is not wet. Water on top of another object is wet. To people who say water is wet, you’re wrong and you should search it up on google and it’s right.

Some people got so sick and tired of the comotion and the debate they chose not to answer.

Junior Sam Benton said “…I’d like to not comment on this issue, next question”.

It was student vs student’s view so honors freshmen and IB biology teacher Teacher Mr. Proffitt said “No (water is not wet) because it only makes other things wet”.

People then started looking to Google to find the answer.

Sophomore Ryan Fowler said “No water is not wet and I looked it up on Google and it says that water gives the physical property of being wet but it does promptly say it is wet.’’

Another person agreeing that water isn’t wet is sophomore Kelsey Lazard who said “No because water makes other things wet but water itself is not wet. Like do you think fish are like “Hey I’m wet!”, no they’re not”.

Sophomore Hunter Westfall is one of the people in the lesser majority who say water is wet. He said “Yes it is wet because when water gets on something, that thing is wet. You don’t say “ I was hit with water”, you say “I’m wet”. Water is wet because why would you say water isn’t wet?”

Sophomore Lucy Wang agrees with Westfalls pro-wet view “Yes technically because when you touch it, it sticks to your hand so technically it’s wet. Fire is hot because when you get close to it, it gets warmer”.

After all the dabate people started looking to Google to find the answer. The answer is “Water isn’t wet. Wetness is a description of our experience of water; what happens to us when we come into contact with water in such a way that it impinges on our state of being. We, or our possessions, ‘get wet’.”

Once everyone thought the wet water question was finally over, “Is fire hot?” was the next big question.

Some people tried to use the same tactic to answer “is fire hot” question the same way the correct “is water wet” answer.

Since water is not wet and wetness is a feeling some people assumed the same for heat.

“Fire itself is not hot. It  makes other things hot. Is the pot hot as soon as you set it on the stove? No.”  said sophomore Kelsey Lazard

Others who thought that fire is hot said it has to be hot because of the feeling.

“Yes I assume fire’s hot because that’s what I feel, it’s warm and that’s why I feel hot because I am hot” Sophomore Ryan Fowler.

“Fire is hot because of the chemical reactions with atoms and molecules. That’s what Mrs. Qamar says.” said sophomore Hunter Westfall who chose scientifically explain the reason with the help of what his chemistry teacher had taught him.

Just as before with the water question, everyone looked to google which explained:

Fire is hot because thermal energy (heat) is released when chemical bonds are broken and formed during a combustion reaction. Combustion turns fuel and oxygen into carbon dioxide and water. … Both light and heat are released as energy.”

So water is not wet and fire is hot.