dictionary and thesaurus

Our Glossary of Confusing Words post this week about the words "explain" and "describe" generated another glossary submission: Swamplands, as in "D.C. is built on top of swamplands."

Rather than wait until what I'm now calling #glossaryday (aka Monday, which is when I've been posting the new glossary submissions...I know, it's not that funny or clever), I wanted to address this one right away.

A swampland is just land with a lot of swamps, also known as a wetland. It's land that is flooded with water much or all of the time.  You might sometimes hear the words bog or marsh used to describe a similar type of environment, although technically they are all slightly different things.  In the U.S., the most famous swamp is probably the Everglades in Florida.

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