I was writing an e-mail and I wanted to have a bit of a cheeky closing, so I wrote:

I apologize for taking up so much of your "..." time

I had originally wanted to use a word that would roughly describe the quality of the time as having been spent on reading, so something like "reading time". However, I could not seem to find any word that would correspond to what I was trying to express and I couldn't of much far than 'literary', which is not really what I was looking for.

I'm looking for a word that roughly means 'of or related to the act of reading' or just 'of or related to reading' but so far I have had no luck. If anyone knows such a word or something similar, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you :)

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    Reading time works for your purposes as long as you face that the line takes up even more time apologizing for taking up time. Like a lecturer announcing that "My remarks will be brief". Feb 12 at 15:47
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    "couldn't of much far"?
    – Lambie
    Feb 12 at 16:19
  • Perhaps "study time". Feb 12 at 16:20
  • None of these synonyms sounds as good as reading.
    – Stuart F
    Feb 12 at 16:21
  • What is the person reading? Books? Magazines? Student essays? Sales reports?
    – TimR
    Feb 12 at 16:34

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If you want an erudite adjective that refers to reading, there is nothing common, but one rarer word is lectional, from Latin legō, "I read". It is very obscure and obsolete except in specific senses, and not found in most dictionaries. But it means pertaining to reading or readings.

It is most commonly used, as Wiktionary says, when referring to "a reading of a religious text; a lesson to be read in church etc."

However you can find it used in specific technical contexts to mean pertaining to reading. One example is "lectional marks" or "lectional signs", symbols in old texts that act as an aid to readers (marking breaks in text, changes of speaker, etc). Here's an example of a work discussing them:

  • Thanks, this was exactly the type of word that I was looking for. For future reference, how can I find such obscure words? Are there specific types of resources/books that cover words like these? Any websites or dictionaries perhaps?
    – gzkts
    Feb 15 at 7:45

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