I’m not sure why a damp shock absorber would work any better than a dry one.
But apparently a wet shock works better. Proof of this can be found increasingly in the automotive press as references to “increased dampening” keep popping up. Or is there another explanation? Hmmm…..
A shock absorber is known as a damper in the UK.
So the action such a device might impart would be damping. Making an adjustment or calibrating a shock absorber might involve a change to the damping properties- not the dampening.
I’ve seen this gaff in numerous publications. And I’m talking about real magazines- not just personal blogs or Twitter!