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Chris -- 2011-03-08
For the second time today I discover my own mistake.
“Dowsing for water” is the mystical practice of attempting to divine an underground source of water by the use of a pendulum or stick, coupled with psychic powers. I always thought it was “dousing for water”: plunging into the element?A Google search reveals I’m not the only one with this mistake, one site went as far as to try to explain the mistaken etymology:
“Water witching… Another term used is dousing for water. It comes from douse which means to place into water.”
About 170 hits on Google for “dousing for water” as opposed to 660 for “dowsing for water”.