I hate when this happens. Just two days ago I wrote a post in which I used the word “tentative.” Well, actually the word I used was “tentatively,” but I think that word works better as as adverb than as an adjective anyway.
Then today, just two days later, WordPress comes out with a one-word prompt for the word — you guessed it — “tentative.”
For some strange reason, the word “tentative” made me think of the original Star Trek TV show. Let me explain.
Tentative means unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant. The antithesis of tentative is bold. Bold means not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring
You remember the introduction from the beginning of Star Trek, right? It ends with the line, “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
Well, can you imagine if, instead of “To boldly go where no man has gone before” the line read “To tentatively go where no man has gone before”?
One small word could have changed the future course of human events!