Why do we say "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

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Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Meaning:

Despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it.

Background:

This saying was coined by Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1882-1834) in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).

It is often misquoted as "Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink"

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