I'm planning to start a blog. And before every post, I'm planning to add how thought-provoking I think that post is.

So I was thinking about something that I can call thought-provoking-ness level. However, I don't think thought-provoking-ness is an English word. So my question is:

Is there a noun for thought-provoking, and if there is not. What could be an alternative?

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    "Muse factor"? Considering both the verb and noun meanings of the word. – Wudang Aug 3 '12 at 8:00
  • @Wudang. I like your proposal, why don't you post it? – Paola Aug 3 '12 at 8:38
  • Flattery will get you anywhere! – Wudang Aug 3 '12 at 8:56

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How about mental stimulation?


"Muse factor"? Considering both the verb and noun meanings of the word.
Noun form :"the goddess or the power regarded as inspiring a poet, artist, thinker, or the like." Verb form : "to reflect (about) or ponder (on), usually in silence "


I guess it depends on how informal you want to be. Blogs usually are so I would go with something like Headscratcher Factor, slightly poetic and descriptive!


In computer science, the term complexity often is used to refer to a measure of how much work a problem takes to solve. If that term is less interesting than you want, consider the term twistiness. Note, twistyness does not have a wiktionary entry and might as well be avoided unless you aren't picky about neologisms. But if you aren't picky, also consider convolvity, to refer to how convoluted a problem is, or intriguity, to refer to how intriguing a problem is. You might also use a little pipe icon, and refer to one-pipe, two-pipe, etc. problems.


If you want to stick with thought provoking you could expand it to thought provocation level or thought provoking level. If you want to sound all fancy then you could go for neural excitation.


In the provided context, I would suggest something like 'Zen score' or a more esoteric alternative in 'kōan score'. Kōan/koan is defined in most dictionaries. There is the added bonus of these terms--which imply something along the lines of provoking thought or simply, meditation--themselves provoking thought or at least a look-up in a dictionary :)


Intrigue level, provocativity (not a word, but at least a nice made-up one). Depends on the type of blog, I guess.



When something is insightful it has the effect of being thought provoking. So although it is not a direct equivalent, it gets you the meaning you want in one word.


Thought-provoking-ness, sounds awesome! It's kind of bulky, but in a cool way like Superman. Just make the word up, dress it in T-shirt with an S on it. Maybe give it an honorary title:

"This post has a score of 8 in Awesome Thought-Provoking-Ness", or
" Thought-Provoking-Ness of Doom™ ", or
"Thought-Provoking-Ness Like You'll Think About It Forever"

okay, so the last one is maybe a bit long, but yeah, you get the idea. Just make it up.


Scintillating means brilliantly lively, stimulating, or witty . The noun form, scintillation means a flash of light but also a brilliant outburst. While this is often associated with wit, it may convey what you want.


Thought provocation would be the event of provoking a thought, which occurs in the thinker.

Thought provocativeness would be the quality of provoking thoughts, which occurs in the provoker.

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