The french word “vague” means “wave”. The French Romantic poets loved waves, and spread a lot of ink, versifying about them. You might think that the French “vague” was related to the English “vague”. But no. Our English word “vague” comes from the Latin “vagus”, meaning “wander”. My big, fat, Larousse dictionary says that the French “vague” is of Scandinavian origin.
There were some good vagues on South Beach the other day, courtesy of a recent southerly blow which preceded the arrival of a rainy cold front. Thank you, rainy cold front, for dropping almost two inches of rain on late-summer-dry Martha’s Vineyard. We needed that. Now there will be ample moisture for a good fall flush of mushrooms. We anticipate eating future puffballs and polypores.
Waves are an infinitely variable theme. Every one different, from ripple to tsunami.
Foam limns the shore.
Foam, onrushing foam.
Which comes from whence?
From such as these……………