Wednesday, 8 February 2017

excogitate

To excogitate means to think out or contrive. When I write these posts I excogitate the possibility of convincing you that one of my travel photos is relevant.

Here I am doing just that...

20 comments:

Maggie May said...

I've heard of cogitating but didn't know you could 'ex' it. I'll have to have a think about that.

Bea Charles said...

Great word, great photo.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - love the photo ... and what a great word ... just right in the circumstances! Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're in luck - we don't care if it's relevant or not!

Paige Elizabeth Turner said...

Very interesting word, and definitely worthy of 'stimulating' comment, if you do not object. (Too bad, I'm going ahead anyway). To me, the word sounds clumsy and difficult. I could see it in a Dickens or classical novel, but not in today's settings (literary works aside). I think it has a great place in formal/business writing, or in the political arena where ample excogitating is practised. I also wonder if some of your esteemed poetry followers might apply it to their works; rhymed with 'procrastinate' perhaps?

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I must think harder than you, because I cogitate. ;)

Teresa Ashby said...

Like Maggie I knew you could cogitate, but didn't know you could ex it. Love the photo.

Patsy said...

Best thing to do, Maggie!

Patsy said...

Thanks, Bea.

Patsy said...

It is a nice word I think, Hilary.

Patsy said...

Phew!

Patsy said...

Crack on, PET!

It's not a word I'd use often and it's unlikely to appear in my usual writing, but I can imagine saying it n the right situation. And as you say, it has poetic possibilities.

Patsy said...

I do that one too, Mac. Not both at once - that'd be confusing.

Patsy said...

I think cogitation is more general thinking, Teresa. Excogitation is probaly what goes on when we're plotting.

oscar case said...

Guess I won't do any today. You have a nice spot for it, though.

Patsy said...

You're unexcogitating, Oscar?

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What a mouthful of a word, Patsy - hadn't appreciated the meaning. Great photo!

liz young said...

Not a word one can slip casually into a conversation. Great picture - where?

Patsy said...

Probably best to take a breathe before saying it, Rosemary.

Patsy said...

The location of my excogitation location was Carlisle Castle, Liz.

Hmm, you're right - that didn't sound particularly casual.