Let’s start with a definition.
Moisture: Water or other liquid diffused in a small quantity as vapor, within a solid, or condensed on a surface.
Here are some sample sentences which show the appropriate use of moisture.
A sheet of kitchen towel placed in the bag will help to absorb any moisture.
The inner layer wicks moisture to the outer layer where it is dissipated.
Trapped moisture on the floor covering is a breeding ground for micro-organisms.
Indirect lateral ventilation prevents formation of condensed moisture inside the goggles.
Moisture absorption inhibits gluten formation.
Cylinders are first heated to drive off any residual moisture.
Here is a sample sentence which shows an inappropriate use of moisture:
“We’re thankful for the moisture we have received.”
When someone says this, they are almost always referring to precipitation. (Of course, it’s always possible that a person would say this after eating a particularly moist slice of chocolate cake, but that would be exceedingly weird. It would also be astoundingly weird to give thanks in this way for someone’s sweaty feet, but that would also be considered an appropriate use of moisture).
When you wish to express gratitude for rain or snow, try one of the following:
We’re thankful for the rain/snow we have received.
We are indeed thankful for the precipitation we have received.
Take home activity
Say moisture twenty times in a row. Listen to how weird it sounds. It will actually go weird on you around the seventh repetition, but go to twenty for good measure.
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