Happy 4th of July, bookworms! I hope you’re all doing something fun to celebrate the birthday of the United States. I like fireworks and frozen lemonade myself, but that’s just me. What’s your favorite Independence day activity? As much as I’m sure the Founding Fathers intended to include “reading” among “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” don’t spend all day reading – just half the day!
Adjective; from Dictionary.com:
1. Not yet completed or fully developed; just begun
2. Not organized, lacking order
He couldn’t let himself dwell on that. But not thinking about his inchoate wishes left him unprepared when he reached the church where they were to be married. (The Governness Affair, Courtney Milan)
Inchoate isn’t a word regularly encountered in daily conversation, but it’s rather fun, isn’t it? Dating back to the 1520′s, this word (like so many others that find their way to Word of the Week) has roots in Latin, specifically the Latin word inchoatus which is the past participle form of incohare, which means “to begin” or “to start work on.” Inchoate things are those which are just beginning and are therefore incomplete and half-formed.
Your turn, bookworms – has any book ever left you with inchoate thoughts or reviews? Have you ever been unable to figure out what you want to say?
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