33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.

3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.

4. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

5. DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.

6. FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.

7. FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

8. HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

9. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

10. JARNS,
13. and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.

14. KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

15. KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

16. LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.

17. MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.

18. NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.

19. OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is ‘asleep’.

20. OCTOTHORPE – The symbol ‘#’ on a telephone handset. Bell Labs’ engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

21. OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

22. PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

23. PHOSPHENES – The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.

24. PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

25. RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.

26. ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

27. SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.

28. SCROOP – The rustle of silk.

29. SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

30. SPRAINTS – Otter dung.

31. TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.

32. WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.

33. ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.


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