Rede [reed]

Part of speech: verb
Origin: Old English, 13th century

1. Advise (someone).
2. Interpret (a riddle or dream).

Examples of rede in a sentence

“The commencement speaker closed his speech with the final piece of advice, “I rede you to use your knowledge to always inspire others.””

“I try to write down my dreams as soon as I wake up so that I can rede them later.”


Argle-Bargle [ahr-gəl-BAHR-gəl]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Scots, 19th century

1. Copious but meaningless talk or writing; nonsense.

Examples of argle-bargle in a sentence

“The instructions for setting up my home-theater system are 48 pages of argle-bargle.”

“When I’m nervous, I talk constantly, but it’s all argle-bargle.”


Oyez [OH-yay]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Anglo-Norman, 15th century

1. A call given by a court officer, or formerly by public criers, typically repeated two or three times to command silence and attention, as before court is in session.

Examples of oyez in a sentence

“After the court officer made her oyez, the crowd fell silent.”

“The continuing tradition of the oyez is one of the rituals built into some judicial systems.”


Concinnity [kən-SIN-ih-tee]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century

1. The skillful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of the different parts of something.
2. Studied elegance of literary or artistic style.

Examples of concinnity in a sentence

“The combined effect of the performances, stage sets, and dazzling lighting made the Broadway show a model of concinnity.”

“Masha seeks out art that displays a complex concinnity of African influences.”


Luff [luhf]

Part of speech: verb
Origin: Old French, 13th century

1. Steer a yacht nearer the wind.
2. Obstruct (an opponent in yacht racing) by sailing closer to the wind.

Examples of luff in a sentence

“The ship luffed up as it turned out to sea.”

“Unfortunately, the most direct route home required us to luff up.”


Emmetropia [em-ih-TROH-pee-ə]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 19th century

1. The normal condition of the eye.

Examples of emmetropia in a sentence

“The ophthalmologist told Lesley she had emmetropia and wouldn’t need glasses.”

“Emmetropia is a prerequisite for a number of jobs, including firefighter and air traffic controller.”

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Paludal [pə-LOOD-l]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 19th century

1. (Of a plant, animal, or soil) Living or occurring in a marshy habitat.

Examples of paludal in a sentence

“Ducks generally prefer to nest in a paludal area.”

“At the base of the hill was a paludal spot full of bulrushes.”


Oppidan [OP-ih-dən]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century

1. A resident of a town.

Examples of oppidan in a sentence

“Our car broke down on the outskirts of town, but an oppidan saw our lights and came to help us.”

“The lake is largely unknown, except by a few oppidans of the nearby town who hike the surrounding trails.”


Sisyphean [sis-ə-FEE-ən]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. Denoting or relating to a task that can never be completed.

Examples of sisyphean in a sentence

“Trying to keep my cats from getting into the bag of treats feels like a Sisyphean challenge.”

“Beach cleanup days can feel Sisyphean, but preserving the ecosystem is a worthwhile project.”