Excogitating Armitage


MI5 agent Lucas North (Richard Armitage) listens warily to CIA agent/lover Sarah Caulfield (Genevieve O’Reilly) as she pleads her case for him to trust her. (Pssst. Lucas. Don’t do it!!) It seems Lucas should have done plenty of excogitating in regards to Caulfield to save himself a world of trouble.

Not only do I have an obsession with Richard Armitage, I also have an obsession with words. Language fascinates me. When I was in high school one of my English teachers used a collection of Reader Digest magazine’s regular quiz, “It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.” It was a great way to build one’s vocabulary. Whenever I pick up a copy of that magazine nowadays, the Word Power page is one of the first I seek out.

Nowadays, I get a Word of the Day through Dictionary.com and it’s always fun to see which word is going to end up in my mailbox each morning. And sometimes those very words remind me of–oh, you know.
What’s the title of this blog?

Today’s word is “excogitate.” Excogitate is a verb which means: (1) to study intently and carefully in order to grasp or comprehend fully, or (2) to think out; devise, invent.

Richard Armitage makes me excogitate on a regular basis. I am endlessly trying to determine just what it is , why it is, this happy madness has struck me and so many other people (other than the fact we all share the Good Taste Gene, of course). I have read every article and watched/listened to every interview, and done it “intently and carefully” to better understand my endless fascination with the man.

As such a detailed and nuanced performer of the Method school of acting, I think Richard must himself excogitate to a considerable degree, in order to allow him to get inside the head of his characters and bring them to life so vividly for us. He thinks and devises and invents. Give him a headful of hair extensions for Robin Hood’s third series and he develops his own brand of hair acting. Yes, even hair can be expressive when it is attached to Mr. Armitage’s handsome head.

In fact, I believe one could say nobody excogitates better than he.

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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Hey Angie, I like the idea of hair acting! 🙂 Everything I do/see/read/watch these days seems to remind me of or be in connection with RA in some way or other.. Just an example, one of my nephews is 6’2″ and I made him stand up really straight so I can imagine how tall Richard would be if he stood in front of me (of course I didn’t tell my nephew that)! Also, I’m a big figure skating fan and while watching the Grand Prix final some weeks ago, I promptly found the “ice dancer version of Richard” who’s a 6’4″ Canadian bloke called Andrew Poje whom I’ve seen countless times before but he’s never made an impression on me! And while Richard and Andrew are not very similar facially, Andrew’s elegance, tallness, carriage and the way he looks at his partner made me think of RA. Quelle surprise! 🙂

    • All roads lead to Armitage. 😀 When we were on our last cruise, there was a male dancer who reminded me of Richard–he was blonde and not quite so beautiful, but his height, physique, gracefulness and his nose! 😉 all reminded me of dear Richard.

      And NO ONE hair acts better than Armitage. I cannot imagine S3 Guy now without that hair–its unkemptness in the early part of the series is evidence the sleek Sir Guy had fallen indeed. He practically hid behind the long locks, a curtain to mask his shame and despair. Later, all clean and glossy and fresh from Prince John’s Salon and Spa 😉 he flicks it back from his face like a proud and arrogant stallion tossing back its mane. *sigh*

    • Well, servetus is always doing those deep, deep scholarly posts. Mine isn’t that by any means, but it is educational. It pays to increase your word power!! 😉 I find I really do look forward to the word of the day. I like to think I have a pretty good vocabulary, but some of the words I have NEVER heard of (this was one of them . . . 😉

  2. I get the word of the day in my email and I’m always so excited when I actually know one of the words. I think you are on to something here. Instead of just using the word in a sentence, it should be find a way to use the word in relation to Richard Armitage! 😉

  3. Education via Armitage. 😀 If only more English teachers used Mr. A as part of their instruction. . . .
    Yeah, I am thinking this should be a regular part of the blog. *thumbs up* Glad you liked it!

  4. I wonder what he’ll do with that main of hair in the Hobbit! Oh, I can see his expressive eyes gazing intently through those long locks now…growl, drool, shudder!!! And I can’t wait to learn some new words!!

    • I am sure as Thorin Richart will do some fierce recogitating with his long, long locks. I love that close-up of him in the trailer. Who would have ever thought I’d be crushin’ on a dwarf 150 years older than me!

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