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Wondrous Words #167

I’m back tp Wondrous Words Wednesday after being off for a couple weeks. I always enjoy discovering new words.

A word-book I keep on my desk is Grammer Girl’s 101 Words to Sound Smart. I like to pick it up about once a week and “adopt” one of the words. (I’m not sure I sound any smarter but it is fun to do.)

This week I adopted inchoate. (Pronounced in-ko-it.) Inchoate is an adjective meaning just begun and not fully formed or developed. To use it in a sentence: “We still have a inchoate plan for our Fall road trip.”

I’m happy to share the word with anyone who wants to adopt it too.

One other new word that has come up this past week is scullery. One part of my son’s house is the old kitchen and they have been referring to it as the scullery. I wasn’t positice that was the right usage for the word, but it is. A scullery is a small kitchen or room at the back of a house used for washing dishes and other dirty household work.

Wondrous Words Wednesday was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion. Please visit her for more new words.

9 comments to Wondrous Words #167

  • So that’s where the phrase scullery maid comes from! I’ve seen inchoate and had a vague idea of what it meant. I’m glad I haven’t used it though, because I would have pronounced it wrong. Thanks for this post!

  • I should adopt inchoate – since so many of m plans are inchoate – LOL! I knew scullery because it comes up once in awhile in historic fiction!

  • Hi Margot,

    Scullery is a word that is intrinsically British, so I know this one very well. The scullery has been used through hundreds of years, although today it would be fair to say that you would probably only hear it used in the North of the country, if at all. Our modern equivalent would be the ‘utility room’.

    Inchoate is a word that I haven’t come across before, although from your pronounciation guide, I can see that it might well work in a sentence, as it almost comes out sounding like an alternative word for incoherent, which makes complete sense. I might well try slipping this on into a conversation, just to guage the reaction and see if anyone challenges it!!

    A really interesting post, thanks for sharing,


  • I know scullery, but not inchoate.

  • I’ve never heard of inchoate, but will uset it. I’ve heard scullery, but really didn’t the true definition. Thanks for setting mr straight :)

  • Wow, forgive my previous post – here’s the translation. Note to self “Must drink more coffee before typing.”

    I’ve never heard of inchoate, but will use it. I’ve heard scullery, but really didn’t knowthe true definition. Thanks for setting me straight :)

  • I’ve seen inchoate before, but it’s one of those words that I could spell, but not use correctly in a sentence. Scullery is familiar to Australians too, with our stronger British influence.

  • Great words but that first one looks too hard to prounounce!! :D

  • Oh. I always thought a scullery was where Cinderella worked (and I guess it was). And all of my plans are inchoate!

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