More words I’ve learnt from books
The list goes on! Here are a few more words I think I’ve only come across in books or other written text.
- irate [eye-rate; aɪreɪt]
- very angry, furious
- He had an irate look in his eyes.
- lucubration [lu-kiub-ration; ˌluːkjʊˈbreɪʃən]
- investing a lot of time and effort into studying; particularly at night
- serious literary work (such as a result of this study)
- Helen was impressed by her sister’s lucubration.
- doughty [doubt-y; daʊti]
- brave, hardy, determined
- She was a doughty fighter for equality and justice.
- peregrination [perigri-nation; ˌpɛrɪɡrɪˈneɪʃən]
- a long voyage; the act of travelling
- “We are preparing for a peregrination through the woods, to the seaside!”, Peter cried out to the other children. He always liked to use big words.
- truculent [true-kiu-lent; trʌkjʊlənt]
- bad-tempered, aggressive
- His truculent manner meant that he was avoided as much as possible by everyone around him.
- iticisation [it-is-eye-zation?]
- Fun fact: This word was actually made up by the author, as far as I can tell. It took me a few minutes to figure out what it meant!
- the transformation of the English language, describing more and more nouns as “it”, rather than “he” or “she”
- “The slow but sure iticisation of English can be said to have come to its final mooring on 20 March 2002.” – Through the Language Glass, by Guy Deutscher (2010), published by Arrow Books.
P.S. Does the word peregrination have anything to do with peregrines, perhaps?