Today’s word is awesome because it just sounds cool. If you use it, people will think, “My! That person sure is sharp! How clever they must be!”
That word, of course, is wont (pronounced: WANT). Although wont can be devilishly tricky insomuch as it can be used as a noun, adjective, or verb, it is almost always presented as an adjective. As such, it simply means, “likely or inclined to”. Consider: He was wont to rob banks; she was wont to wear purple.
In its less common noun form, the word means “habit or custom”. It was her wont to wear purple, while it was his wont to rob banks.
In modern usage, wont almost always occurs in the way first described, as an adjective. The only real advantage to using wont is that it is succinct, and sounds nifty. There is no real difference between saying, “He had a tendency to wreck any car he got within ten feet of” and “He was wont to wreck any car…” but you have to admit, the latter sounds decidedly more cool.
Editor’s Note: This post was written by Mark Jacobs. Mark is an advisor for The Jet Fuel Review and Blog. He is an Aviation major, but the left side of his brain is an avid writer. Mark is a sophomore and works a few hours a week as a tutor in the Writing Center in this school year.