Five Words You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Language is wonderful and unique. Each one brings something new to the world of communication and has words for situations we didn’t even know we encounter every day. I doubt you’ve rarely visited dictionary.com for anything other than finding the meaning of a new word but there are a plethora of words that we would never even think to use. Here is a collection of 5 intriguing new words that you should know.

  1. Albeit

This word was derived from Middle English and the phrase ‘although it be’ but it simply means ‘although’. It is grammatically incorrect to start an independent clause with this word and is a conjunction. Even though albeit and although have the same meaning, they cannot be used interchangeably in all cases.

E.g. We continued to listen to her speech, albeit reluctantly.

  1. Impignorate

Pronounced as (im-PIG-nuh-rayt) this word means pledge, mortgage, or pawn. Impignorate was derived from the Latin word impignorate, which means to pledge. This word hasn’t been widely used since 1889. 

E.g. An old-fashioned pawn shop that makes small loans to people who are willing to impignorate family heirlooms

  1. Persisteronic 

I doubt you will find yourself using this word in your daily life because it is an adjective for anything relating to pigeons. It is pronounced (puh-ris-tuh-RON-ik) and was derived from the Greek word peristera which means dove or pigeon.

E.g. These peristeronic grounds are met with a good deal of tourists.

  1. Biblioklept 

This word refers to a person who steals books. The word has two separate parts; the prefix biblio- means books and the kleptes is the Greek word for thief. Walsh has called it a “modern euphemism which softens the ugly word book-thief by shrouding it in the mystery of the Greek language.”

E.g. “This sentence has naturally caused us to reflect on the ethical character of the biblioklept.” (Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science, and Art (London, Eng.), 23 Oct. 1880)

  1. Jentacular

Anything pertaining to an early breakfast or something that happened just as you woke up can be described by the word jentacular. This originates from the Latin word ientaculum, which means a breakfast taken immediately on getting up,  and the English suffix of -ar.

E.g. Having a smoothie in the morning is highly recommended and can provide for a refreshing jentacular beverage.

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