Question

What does waterboarded mean?

Hi, I'm learning English as my second language.

Watching a TV program Glee, on the first scenes,

a woman said as follows.

You think this is hard?

Try being water-boarded. That's hard.

What does it mean?

I don't understand what water-boarded is.

Please give me some advice.

Thanks.

Answer

Waterboarding: See Wikipedia website for the complete article.

Waterboarding is a form of torture in which water is poured over the face of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning.

Although a variety of specific techniques are used in waterboarding, the captive's face is usually covered with cloth or some other thin material, and the subject is immobilized on his/her back with the head inclined downwards. Water is then poured onto the face over the breathing passages, causing an almost immediate gag reflex and creating the sensation that the captive is drowning.[1][2][3] Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage and, if uninterrupted, death.[4] Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years.[5] The term water board torture appears in press reports as early as 1976.[6]

Feb 10 at 3:27

English is my first language and I don't have a clue! I don't think you need to worry about it

Feb 10 at 7:13

"water-boarding" is a form of torture where somebody pours water over a persons face while they're laying down on their back and it gives them the sensation of drowning.

Feb 10 at 11:22

you don't want to know! the mere fact that such "things" need have a word to define them is a disgarce for human species and an insult to the gift of langauage!So much shame... so much pain!

Feb 10 at 15:55