I did mention my English degree, right?

28 Jul 2008


According to a news story today, McCain has started trashing Obama's character. A brief clip:

The Democrat's Achilles' heel in this model is an inchoate sense among some voters that the new arrival on the national stage with the unusual biography -- who's the first black nominee from either party -- isn't American enough.

Well, I'm no political pundit, but I did want to make one thing clear: I totally knew what the word "inchoate" meant in that sentence. Yep, didn't even have to look it up. I'm a writer, see? I know words. All of them. If Shakespeare were alive, he'd say, "Forsooth, that guy knows some serious-ass words." So, as soon as I saw that bad-ass MF-er, I thought to myself, "in-chote... yes, that's an adjective meaning to be inside of some chote ... no, no, wait a minute, there's no such thing as chote. What was I thinking? That's so stupid. It's inch-oat, another adjective, meaning to resemble an oat, only larger, like, to the scale of one inch. Yep, that's got to be it."

So, yeah, I totally knew that word. I absolutely did not have to refer to my American Heritage Dictionary, to the entry between inching and inchworm, which offers the pronunciation in-KO-it, meaning "initial or early stage." Glad I'm so smart. Just thought you'd like to know ...

Original Comments

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On July 28, 2008, Dale wrote:

McCain invented that word way back in 1364.

On July 28, 2008, Chris wrote:

I thought it was a relative to the artichoke.

On July 28, 2008, Bill Stankus wrote:

I once knew some words and then decided to forget as many as possible - I wanted to be a get along with my neighbors.

Expressio unius est exclusio alterius.

On July 29, 2008, Falwless wrote:

I totally knew what that meant, too. Just wanted to let you know.

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