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A.Word.A.Day--incogitant

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incogitant (in-KOJ-i-tuhnt) adjective

Thoughtless; inconsiderate.

[From Latin incogitant-, from cogitare (to think), from agitare (to agitate), from agere (to drive). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ag- (to drive, draw) that's also the fount of such words as act, agent, agitate, litigate, synagogue, and ambassador.]

"Setting aside the inane assumption that NASA and its co-conspirators were too incogitant to have thought of this, there are actually three sources of light: the sun, the earth (reflecting the sun) and the moon itself, which acts as a powerful reflector, particularly when you are standing on it."
Michael Shermer; Fox's Flapdoodle; Scientific American (Washington DC); Jun 1, 2001.

"Jimmy just nodded like some incogitant beast, looked down at the folio, and saw that the man had written J. Quirinus Publicas for his name."
Frederick Barrows; Hothouse Gods; Xlibris; 2003.

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Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. -Jean Arp, artist and poet (1887-1948)

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