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Old 10-21-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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Default Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

It's like an airlock, but on an undersea base.

I feel like I could drop 'airlock' in a script, and everyone would know what it is, but 'water lock' might not be immediately obvious. Might need a description. But then I don't want to be the guy describing a *airquotes* laser *airquotes* Austin Powers style.

So should I explain it or not?
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Old 10-21-2009, 02:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

Hi grant,

When reading the title, no, I didn't immediately know what a 'water lock' is.

Though if the story's action is taking place on an undersea base, and someone said "seal the water lock", I would understand the meaning.

Hope that helps somewhat.

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Old 10-21-2009, 02:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

Why not just call it an airlock since everyone understands the term?
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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Why not just call it an airlock since everyone understands the term?
Agreed. In subs don't they call it an airlock?
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Old 10-22-2009, 02:02 AM   #5
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Default Re: Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

Airlock seems fine...maybe a few undersea base experts will scoff at the "incorrect term" but really whats the difference?

If I want to keep water out it's a water lock...but on the other hand I wanna keep the air in so its an air lock.

Air lock seems fine.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:08 AM   #6
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Default Re: Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

One of the correct terms is 'water-tight hatch' or 'water-tight compartment.'
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:44 AM   #7
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I'd have figured out water-lock from the context, I'm sure.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:44 AM   #8
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Default Re: Do you know what a 'water lock' is?

When I read "water lock," my mind went right to the kind of lock you find at the Panama Canal, which raises and lowers water levels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_(water_transport)
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