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Definition: quickness, speed

Pronunciation: im-PIG-ri-ti


Directly from the Latin noun impigritat meaning ‘speed’.  

Why this word?

It took me quite a while to find the Latin impigritat from which this word’s etymology can be concluded, looks as if the Latin word too is obsolete… While searching for it, I tried breaking the word into smaller particles, easier to research. The prefix ‘im’ always stand for the ‘opposite of’ (impatient- not patient), pig is, well- a pig. With the pig’s proven abilities to be everything but quick or speedy, I thought it made sense.

But then I found the real origin.

I was right about the im part, and almost right about the pig part! The Latin piger stands for sluggish, thus- not sluggish is speedy!

How to use the word impigrity in a sentence?

This is a great noun to replace the regular speed with, but with its special sound, I feel it is better used to stand for issues more profound that physical speed.

“The impigrity with which she gave birth made us all think that their wedding was quickly arranged for more than one reason…”

“He cleaned the entire mansion with such impigrity, we simply had to wonder about the quality of his work”.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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