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Old 09-08-2009   #1
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Do you Oar Or Row?

We had a discussion about this but both definitions support both side of the argument. So we ask the Buzzards opinion:


Do we
oar(ôr, [IMG]file:///C:/Users/cdusold/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG]r)
n.
1. A long, thin, usually wooden pole with a blade at one end, used to row or steer a boat.
2. A person who rows a boat, especially in a race.
v. oared, oar·ing, oars
v.tr.
1. To propel with or as if with oars or an oar.
2. To traverse with or as if with oars or an oar: an hour to oar the strait.
v.intr.
To move forward by or as if by rowing: oared strongly across the finish line.


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row 2(r[IMG]file:///C:/Users/cdusold/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif[/IMG])
v. rowed, row·ing, rows
v.intr. Nautical
To propel a boat with or as if with oars.
v.tr.
1. Nautical
a. To propel (a boat) with or as if with oars.
b. To carry in or on a boat propelled by oars.
c. To use (a specified number of oars or people deploying them).
2. To propel or convey in a manner resembling rowing of a boat.
3. Sports
a. To pull (an oar) as part of a racing crew.
b. To race against by rowing.
n. Nautical
1.
a. The act or an instance of rowing.
b. A shift at the oars of a boat.
2. A trip or an excursion in a rowboat

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Old 09-08-2009   #2
 
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Row, row, row your boat...

We ROW! Drives me absolutely batty for someone to use 'oar' as a verb even though your source confirms the use of the word in that manner. This has been the topic of debate in several instances. I generally start singing (and badly), "Row, row, row your boat..."
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You ROW "gently down a stream," you OAR down a river!
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if a kayaker uses a paddle and he/ she paddles, and a rafter uses a oar he/ she must oar. a rafter does not use a row, to row. see that makes real good sense.
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Oars are used to row. Period. Anyone who says otherwise is a tool, and should be paddled vigorously with an oar.
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If you want to sound like you know what you're talking about, rafters row. If you're hammered drunk in the big ditch you scream, "O.A.R. Tom, OAR!"

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I equate this one to how people that explore caves do it: Spelunkers are the know-nothings and amateurs, cavers are the ones that know what they are doing. Oarers (god that is an awkward word) are likely the know nothings and amateurs of the rafting world. If I meet someone at a put-in who wants to 'Oar' the river I'm going to suspect that they don't have a clue.
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I equate this one to how people that explore caves do it: Spelunkers are the know-nothings and amateurs, cavers are the ones that know what they are doing. Oarers (god that is an awkward word) are likely the know nothings and amateurs of the rafting world. If I meet someone at a put-in who wants to 'Oar' the river I'm going to suspect that they don't have a clue.
I totally agree........besides......you can loose an oar....but how do you loose a row?
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But why, on Earth, would you untie it in the first place?

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I totally agree........besides......you can loose an oar....but how do you loose a row?
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Rafters row, and we use oars to perform this action...the dictionary is full of silly stuff.
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