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Wet

other word formation type Metaphorical change in meaning.; adjective Used to describe an object.
"Wet" is used to describe a basketball shot that is made without hitting anything but net. The meaning term "wet" is used to describe this shot because when the shot is made, the net on the basketball hoop moves in a way that looks like a splash of water. It is like a ball is splashing into liquid, so the ball is getting "wet" in the sense "moist" or "having liquid".
 
"Did you see Kobe Byrant's last shot? It was so wet!"
Etymology : "Wet" comes from the Old English adjective "wæt" meaning "moist or liquid," which is originally from the Proto-Germanic adjective "wætaz."
Source : Conversation with roommate. October 10th 2013.
Last modified: 24 November 2013


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