A friend referred to a River* as “a body of water” and I realized I never think of rivers as “bodies of water”… According to Wikipedia:
Rivers, streams, canals, and other geographical features where water moves from one place to another are not always considered bodies of water.
But what to call them? Our bodies are never fixed, at least. But think, a body of text, we imagine something fixed. Lakes and oceans are not so fixed as that image but more staid, at least, than rivers. Ocean waves lap, but there’s a gentility to it and the vastness of the ocean (merely in stretch over surface to say nothing of dark depth) short-circuits the mind, encourages stillness. Rivers are immutable only in their flow** and meander even from where we try to fix them on our maps.
When is a body not a body?
What do you call a body (of water) in motion?
*capitalized because it was a person, actually, he was referring to.
**So said Heraclitus, “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you”
***More fantastic photos of fencers doing what bodies do at The Big Picture