Today’s Wednesday Word is anticipation. Are you anticipating what I’m going to write about? 😉
Anticipation has two distinct meanings for me, depending on whether the context is work or play.
In work my as a patent attorney, “anticipation” has a specific legal meaning. You can’t obtain a patent unless your invention is “new,” and your invention isn’t “new” if it already has been described in a publication such as an earlier patent or scientific journal article. If an earlier publication describes every feature of your invention, we say that the publication “anticipates” your invention. If a patent was granted but an earlier publication is found that describes the invention, we say that the patent is invalid for “anticipation.”
I guarantee that this book was not as much fun to write
as #WYCWYC must have been!
In the rest of my life, “anticipation” has this meaning from the Merriam-Webster On-Line Dictionary
a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen
I feel anticipation about seeing friends I haven’t seen in a while, like the friends I’ll see at Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks. (It’s not too late to join us — click here to register through my affiliate link.)
My first Fitbloggin’–see any familiar faces?
I feel anticipation about travelling to new places, even when it’s for work like last year’s trips to Copenhagen.
Did you catch a glimpse of this area in Pitch Perfect 2?
I feel anticipation about upcoming races, especially Ragnar–even though its a few months away. (Check out my 55 Things About Ragnar post to see why!)
Yes, I’m still smiling at leg 3!
Maybe this will show my age, but I can’t think about “anticipation” without remembering this Heinz Ketchup commercial.
What are you excited about this week?
“Ketchup” or “Catsup”? (Or “No thanks, pass the mustard”?)