June 15th 2019
___ To bequeath is to hand down, in a formal sense.
While folks may “bequeath” property via a will to be read after their death, they may also bequeath items while they’re alive.
The property or items handed down have a formal value, likely monetary or emotional, and are considered a gift, or an entrusted responsibility to the recipient.
● In his will, Ernest bequeathed his farmland and machinery to his oldest son.
● When Thelma retired as a concert violinist, she bequeathed her violin to her protoge.
● Karl Kane, founder of the product “Pet Pillow,” credited the success to his dog Pete, the company mascot.
Mr. Kane met with his lawyer to compose a will that, in the event of his death, would bequeath his nephew care of Pete — to give a generous allowance for the care, and strict stipulations in the dog’s exercise, diet, and photo shoots.
Jacquée T. note: What I like most about “bequeath” is the soft ‘th‘ in the end pronunciation. While it is presented with command, it suggests a whisper.
If you were to divide your prized belongings, to whom would you bequeath them and why?
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