London Bridge is falling down,
falling down,
falling down,
London Bridge is falling down,
my fair lady...

 

 

Over time I've become familiar with all the nuances of the definition below and I've yabbered on about a lot of them but the thing I've been thinking about lately is the physics of collapsing suddenly out of nowhere. From being upright to being horizontal.

The freaky part was that I could be standing perfectly still - just not on anything higher than about a foot off the ground. There was a split second where I knew my equilibrium was gone, it just wasn't there anymore and then I would be on the ground saying fuck that was weird as hell. OK so sometimes all it took was being maybe 3 or inches off the ground. That was a bit embarrassing.

 

It was kind of like n 2. Or maybe v 3. I like that 'fold up or close like an umbrella or music stand image.

But you hit the ground a lot harder.

 

collapse
n 1: an abrupt failure of function or health
2: a mishap caused by something suddenly falling down or caving
in
3: the act of throwing yourself down; "he landed on the bed
with a great flop" [syn: {flop}]
4: a sudden large decline of business or the prices of stocks
(especially one that causes additional failures) [syn: {crash}]
v 1: break down, literally or metaphorically; "The wall
collapsed"; "The business collapsed"; "The dam broke";
"The roof collapsed"; "The wall gave in"; "The roof
finally gave under the weight of the ice" [syn: {fall in},
{cave in}, {give}, {give way}, {break}, {founder}]
2: collapse due to fatigue, an illness, or a sudden attack
[syn: {break down}]
3: fold or close up, as of an umbrella or a music stand
4: fall apart; also used metaphorically: "Negociations broke down" [syn: {crumble}, {crumple}, {tumble}, {break down}]
5: cause to burst; "The ice broke the pipe" [syn: {burst}]
6: suffer a nervous breakdown [syn: {crack up}, {crack}, {crock
up}, {break up}]
7: lose significance, effectiveness, or value; "The school
system is collapsing"; "The stock market collapsed"

 

- Melinda Fries