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.