“inclimate” is NOT A WORD.

I know I have probably posted this before, but bad weather is described as INCLEMENT, not inclimate <— that’s not a word.

I get it; it makes sense to you because of the word climate and we are discussing an unforgiving climate after all… but this is NOT A WORD AT ALL, let alone the one for which you are looking!

I’m sure then one might ponder: “what on earth is ‘clement‘?”


Clement is an Old French word derived from the Latin word “clēmēns,” meaning ‘merciful’ or ‘lenient’ and if we dig deeper, clēmēns is actually derived from two other words clīnō + menos (clīnō = I slope/incline (there’s that root again incline) + (menos = less).

So… very fundamentally speaking, “inclines less” = “does not escalate”, thus making it very easy to see that clemens means ‘merciful’ or ‘lenient.’

So, now add the reverse-action prefix “un” (which in this case becomes “in”) ….. and ¡voilà! (figured I’d bring it full circle with another French word), you now have

inclement = “not kind or merciful; not lenient; harsh, severe, rough.”

BONUS fact: This is where the name Clementine comes from. So, just think “oh my darlin’ Clementine” the next time the weather is not being very darling or clement, which will help you pronounce it correctly AND (better yet) spell it correctly!!!

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