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Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink

Posted by Barney Scott on October 23, 2000

In Reply to: Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink posted by zeal on October 23, 2000

: I remember this phrase from a literary text I read in high school, but I do not remember the name or author.

: Homer Simpson spoofed this phrase on the Simpsons when he was stuck on a raft with his boyscout son.. "Water water everywhere, so let's all have a drink!"

: just thought i'd throw that factoid in..

: if you literary geniuses can help, email me!

The precise quote is:
"Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink"
but the meaning is the same. It's from The Rime
of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge -
when the Ancient Mariner is stuck in the middle
of the sea.