An imperfect union

The Globe ran a story last week about local training for Tea Party members to help them run for office. The article yielded two interesting words; I'll give you one today:

  • Patrick Humphries was attending Tea Party candidate training school, an attempt to channel the fiery, inchoate energy of the Tea Party movement into disciplined, professionally managed campaigns for elective office.

Here's the American Heritage Dictionary's definitions and etymology for inchoate:

  • 1. In an initial or early stage; incipient.
  • 2. Imperfectly formed or developed: a vague, inchoate idea.
  • Etymology: From the Latin inchoātus, past participle of inchoāre, meaning to begin, alteration of incohāre : in- + cohum, meaning a strap from yoke to harness.