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More words I’ve learnt from books

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.

  1. irate [eye-rate; aɪreɪt]
    • very angry, furious
    • He had an irate look in his eyes.
  2. 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.
  3. doughty [doubt-y; daʊti]
    • brave, hardy, determined
    • She was a doughty fighter for equality and justice.
  4. 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.
  5. truculent [true-kiu-lent; trʌkjʊlənt]
    • bad-tempered, aggressive
    • His truculent manner meant that he was avoided as much as possible by everyone around him.
  6. 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?

1 Comment

  1. Alex

    Thank you for the clarification on ‘iticisation’! Just spent the last half hour looking it up to come to the same conclusion as you!

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