My best friend (another copyeditor/managing editor type, natch**) just came back from an Alaskan cruise. (She went to Hawaii last year; did I mention, I went to Hawaii this summer?)
"How was it?" I asked. How were the mountains, the glaciers?
"Beautiful," she said.
"Really different from Hawaii, right?" I asked. (did I mention, I went to Hawaii this summer? Of course, she went last year, so of course she knew what I meant)
"Well, some things weren't different. The same humpback whales that are in Hawaii in the winter are in Alaska in the summer."
"Did they say hello?" I asked.
"Yeah," she said, and went on to say that the glaciers glowed blue, as if there was light inside them. "It was amazing to see the fjords."
"Wait," I interrupted her. (of course I interrupted her; she's my best friend--didn't I say?--and who can you interrupt if not your best friend?) "Can you legally have fjords in America?"
"Yes," she said patiently. (of course she said it patiently; she's my best friend--didn't I say?--and who needs more patience for you than your best friend? and who gets more practice at it than your best friend?)
"A fjord is extremely deep, and still, and created by a glacier. Well, I'm pretty sure that's the definition. Look it up."
Look it up. Can you tell she's my best friend, and a copyeditor type?
So, I did.
fjord: a narrow inlet of the sea between steep slopes.
*Oslo on the uptake, sometimes. Yuk, yuck.
**someday I'll tell you about me and "natch." Like my best friend, you'll be a little bemused.