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Scooper Grammar Tips: 22 Words We Can Bet You Never Heard Of Before


March. 25, 2019

Language evolves and new words continue to flood our lexicon, it’s good to have more ammunition for any conversation or correspondence you encounter. 
They do not only make you sound important, they are a sign of growth.
When new phrases from popular culture get cosigned and introduced into our language, it’s important to recognize the terms that make you stop and think and appreciate our evolving forms of communication.
Here are 22 Words we are sure you haven't heard before.
1.   Abrogate (Verb) - To repeal or do away with (a law, right or formal agreement)
a.   The police abrogated his right of speech when he was been interrogated.
b.   “In military rule rights will probably be abrogated”.
2.    Absquatulate - To leave abruptly or flee.
a.   He absquatulated from the meeting.
b.   The thief absquatulated with the jewelleries.
3.   Anomaly (Noun) - Something that deviates from what is standard, normal or expected. A person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory.
a.   Her C grade is an anomaly, as she never made anything except A’s before
4.   Antedeluvian (Adjective) - Ancient or antiquated, old, prehistoric.
a.   Her book was the key that unlocked the treasures of the antediluvian world for me.
5.   Aver (Verb) – To declare something to be true.
a.   He averred that he was innocent of the allegations
b.   He avers that chaos will erupt if Nigeria wins the World cup.
6.   Benighted (Adjective) – A state of intellectual Ignorance.
a.   Benighted individuals often are the most vocal on the internet.
b.   The state of education in our society has left our youths Benighted.
7.   Credulous (Adjective) – Having or showing to great a readiness to believe things.
a.   The con man could easily sell is snake serum to credulous buyers.
b.   The Pastors church is filled with credulous followers.
8.   Chauvinist (Adjective) - A person displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism.
a.   It is a deeply chauvinist community where the few women who have jobs are ridiculed.
9.   Deign (Verb) – Doing something you consider beneath you.
a.   He deigned an apology.
b.   Even when the millionaire lost all his money, he still would not deign to cook his dinner.
10.                  Doffing (Verb) - To remove and take off (an item of clothing)
a.   Steve doffed his hat to her as he passed by her shop.
b.   It is common for hats to be doffed in Texas, it’s a form of respect.
11.                  Earwig - Secretly influence or listen.
Example: Bola Tinubu has been known to earwig political contenders.
Rebecca was earwigging Isaac and Esau’s conversation.
12.                  Effulgent (Adjective) – Shining Brightly, Radiant.
a.   The bride looked effulgent in her wedding dress.
b.   The farmers claimed the saw an effulgent object move in the sky.
13.                   Euonym (Noun) - An appropriate or well-chosen name for a person, place or thing.
a.   the winning word in the spelling bee was. “I just learnt a new word today and it is euonym”
14.                  Finesse (noun) – Impressive skill
a.   Messi curved the ball with finesse.
b.   Orchestral playing of great finesse.
15.                  Fouldard (Noun) - a thin soft material of silk and cotton, typically having a printed pattern.
a.   I just bought a tie made of foulard, it is so beautiful.
b.   No, you use a printed silk foulard and express your sensitivity and refinement at the same time.
16.                  Homologate (Verb) - to confirm, ratify, approve especially officially or legally.
a.   he road version was produced to homologate the race version.
17.                  Pococurante (Adjective) - Apathetic, indifferent or nonchalant.
a.   Since the boy didn’t plan on doing his homework anyway, the pococurante look on his face did not change when the teacher assigned the 10-page essay.
18.                  Pusillanimous - showing a lack of courage or determination.
Bonus word; Pussy - A cowardly or timid person.
 The watchman showed how pusillanimous he was, when the thieves attacked the compound.
19.                  Recalcitrant - having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline. Unwilling to do what you are asked or ordered to do even if it’s reasonable.
a.   Tenants petitioned their recalcitrant landlord to finish the repairs of their building
20.                  Scenester (Adjective) - A person associated with or immersed in a fashionable cultural scene.
a.   They got all dressed up to hang out with their scenester friends.
21.                  Spoof - a humorous imitation of someone.
That boy can spoof all the teachers in the department.
22.                  Vivisepulture (Noun) - The practice of burying someone alive.
a.   For his crimes, the King sentenced him to a vivisepulture.
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