phantom vs fathom :

phantom or fathom

Brianna exclaims confusedly, “I can’t phantom why he thought I’d want a coupon for an oil change for Valentine’s Day!” A phantom is a ghost, but a fathom is a nautical measure of depth. When you can’t understand something—being unable to get to the bottom of it—you should say “I can’t fathom it.” “Phantom” is not a verb.

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Definitions

  • n  a ghostly appearing figure
  • n  something existing in perception only
  • s  something apparently sensed but having no physical reality
    seemed to hear faint phantom bells
    the amputee's illusion of a phantom limb

  • n  a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
  • n  (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore
  • v  come to understand
  • v  measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
News & Articles


  • Joe Biden Can't Believe Republicans Listen to 'Two Freshman Senators'
    Joe Biden went full Biden at a fundraiser for Democratic Representative Ed Markey tonight, covering everything from gun control to Al Gore to the "two freshman senators" that he just can't fathom anyone is really listening to.         
    June 12, 2013 - The Atlantic Wire
  • Joe Biden Can't Believe Republicans Listen to 'Two Freshman Senators'
    Joe Biden went full Biden at a fundraiser for Democratic Representative Ed Markey tonight, covering everything from gun control to Al Gore to the "two freshman senators" that he just can't fathom anyone is really listening to.         
    June 12, 2013 - The Atlantic Wire
  • A Mirror That’s A Touching Tribute To Sandy Victims
    Joe Doucet’s Fathom creates the effect of being half underwater. When Hurricane Sandy unleashed its wrath on the Eastern Seaboard last October, designer Joe Doucet ’s lower Manhattan studio and apartment were left relatively unscathed. “Apart from being without power for a week or so, we really were very fortunate,” he says. Jean Lin and Jennifer Krichels of Reclaim NYC organized an auction ...
    June 10, 2013 - Fast Company Magazine