jshaw - I was not twisting your statement or taking it out of context.
"Water absorbs heat much slower than air.", is YOUR sentence.
And it is totally wrong.
Water has a high specific heat. Specific heat is the amount of energy required to change the temperature of a substance. Because water has a high specific heat, it can absorb large amounts of heat energy before it begins to get hot. It also means that water releases heat energy slowly when situations cause it to cool. Water's high specific heat allows for the moderation of the Earth's climate and helps organisms regulate their body temperature more effectively.
I borrowed this from the website that I referenced above but the information is widely available. Perhaps I am not TOTALLY wrong???????