Heath Sershen

Heath Sershen has been fishing creeks in southeast Minnesota for 25 seasons.

Fishing - I call it recreation.

Posted by: Heath Sershen under Fishing Updated: June 19, 2009 - 8:42 AM
Fishing - I call it recreation.  The dictionary defines this word as such;

The older original definition;
rec⋅re⋅a⋅tion  [rek-ree-ey-shuhn]
–noun
1.    refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like.
2.    a pastime, diversion, exercise, or other resource affording relaxation and enjoyment.
Origin:
1350–1400; ME recreacioun (< MF recreation) < L recreātiōn- (s. of recreātiō) restoration, recovery, equiv. to recreāt(us) (see recreate ) + -iōn- -ion

re-cre⋅a⋅tion  [ree-kree-ey-shuhn]
–noun
1.    the act of creating anew.
2.    something created anew.
Origin:
1515–25; re- + creation

The slight change in syllabic emphasis seemingly creates a disparity in the definition of the noun. I would argue that both definitions are correct however would suggest that it is unnecessary to separate the definitions. This logic is synonomous with other word's varying accents not changing their definition.

I would suggest that the noun's original definition of "refreshment by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like" affords a participant "something created anew" which is the definition of the latter noun. 

My understanding of the noun in question leaves me to understand and define it as such.

rec⋅re⋅a⋅tion  [rek-ree-ey-shuhn] or [ree-kree-ey-shuhn]
–noun

1. something created anew by means of some pastime, agreeable exercise, or the like

Of course this logic is reflective of culture.  I live in a place where recreation is everywhere.  I am surrounded by forest.  I am only hundreds of feet from the nation's greatest river.  I only regularily hit traffic when a freight train rolls through town.

Saying something like, "My soul is on a creek in the forest lined with wildflowers and poisonous plants filled with clear water and trout" is reflective of this particular dimension.
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