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...

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

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

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

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  4. 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?

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    1. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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