What In The Name of Merriam-Webster is a Cogitation, Anyway?

by Leandra Medine
August 23, 2013
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While we really, really hope you’re not depriving yourself of the opportunity to hear from those of us who have hot dogs for legs instead just plain old flesh and bone or to read about the solutions to some real hard hitting question (see: is Miley Cyrus really just Justin Bieber in a costume?, if you have to kill, fuck, or marry the following entities: Scott Disick, Anne Coulter and Lays Potato Chips, how would you fare?), we totally understand if you are. Ultimately, it’s not even really your fault.

After all, what the fuck even is a cogitation, right?

In an overzealous attempt to make Man Repeller look – and sound – fancy shmancy pancy wancy, we pulled out ye olde Thesaurus and looked up foreign, highly intellectual sounding synonyms for any number of words that could have fallen under the thoughts/questions/contemplations umbrella.

Figure us the website equivalent of a girl who calls “movies,” “films.”

Our findings resulted in either cerebrations or cogitations but since the former seems to somewhat conspicuously sound a bit more like cereal bowl than we’d have liked, we settled on the latter.

But if that’s not satisfying enough for your bank of definitions, don’t sweat it. Merriam has some additional words for you to further your interest in the word’s etymology.

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So, there you have it. We’re widening the public consciousness’s capacity to think (or reflect) about highly important stuff! Because really, now, what *would* Anna Wintour look like with Grace Coddington’s hair? And if Daria Werbowy zig-zagged her eyebrows, would we follow suit?

Also, as you can see, the first known use occurred in the 13th century which technically makes us advocates for the high middle ages and personally, I can totally get behind that. It also infers appreciation and a special predilection for Game of Thrones and Dolce & Gabbana’s most recent runway show.

So. Any questions? We really, really hope so.

-Leandra Medine

REPLIES
  • Meredith Whitfield

    Just one. Want a few new writers? ;)

    • Leandra Medine

      cowe-jih-tay-shun. Though I was to say, “kojiniankaka”

      • Meredith Whitfield

        Poe-tay-toe, puh-tah-toe. The world needs to know about zigzag eyebrows. We could be living in a post-delevigne world!

  • pytinpty

    I actually think it’s great that you use all these “big” words. It educates people! It’s the exact opposite of tabloids and dumbed down advertisement. Here in Panama it’s really, really bad and I always complain about it. I know newspapers and magazines need to sell but you if you can find a way to sell and educate people, expand their vocabularies, why not do so?

  • Selena Aponte

    Ornate language is healthy for our minds.. keep it going

  • http://jessjoycej.wordpress.com/ Jessica Joyce

    Frankly, I do judge people based on their vocabulary, and maybe because of my lack thereof. I am the girl who says film, rather than movie and would never date a guy who called himself a moviegoer. Anyhow, we are the cult that will begin to use “cogitation” more often than it was previously used. Thanks for making me think, Leandra.
    Your Friend, Jess

  • andrieya

    i was hoping there would be a pronunciation lesson……