It was in the news today that a lot of rain this winter has put waste lagoons on as many as eighty hog farms dangerously close to overflowing, and a leading environmentalist says such spills can kill everything in their paths if they reach nearby streams. Sadly, that is not news. And, though I know it's probably too late, can we stop calling them "lagoons?"
A lagoon is an area of shallow water separated from the sea by low sandy dunes. We think of a lagoon in terms of swaying palm trees and tropical islands. A lagoon is where Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins got nude (at least, Atkins did), and swam around to everyone's voyeuristic delight.