3 Jul

This word has come up in a few stories I’ve read lately. But do you think I can find one of these examples now, when I’d like to actually use one in my blog? Of course not. My exceptional organisational skills have failed me for the first time ever (ha).

Anyway, inchoate – according to the good old Merriam-Webster – means:

being only partly in existence or operation; imperfectly formed or formulated

roller coaster, unfinished

That's one inchoate roller coaster.

But I prefer another definition:

in an initial or early stage; incipient.

That one’s from The Free Dictionary.

Fun fact 1: ‘Inchoate’ is currently in the top 20% of words being looked up on the Merriam-Webster site at the moment. What’s with that?

Fun fact 2: It’s pronounced in-CO-et. Pronounce the ‘h’ at your own peril…


2 Responses to “Inchoate”

  1. aims July 6, 2011 at 1:16 am #

    Like with too many words, knew what this one meant but not how it say it – giving a philosophy presentation where I repeatedly said fi-neet (finite) is evidence that too much reading can be bad for you.

    • literatechicken July 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      Fi-neet, ouch! The dangers of too much fancy book-learnin’ and not enough street-learnin’, eh…

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