PRONUNCIATION: (im-ped-uh-MEN-tuh)

MEANING: plural noun: Baggage, supplies, or equipment related to an activity or expedition, especially when regarded as slowing one's progress.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin, plural of impedimentum, from impedire (to impede), from im-/in- (in) + ped- (foot). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ped- (foot) which also gave us pedal, podium, octopus, impeach, antipodal, expediency, peccadillo (alluding to a stumble or fall), impeccable, and peccavi. Earliest documented use: 1600.


IMPADIMENTA – Your apartment is really full of stuff, man.

IMPENIMENTA – Writer's block.