33 Names of Things you never knew

Well, I definitely didn’t! And if you are telling me that you know what an Aglet is, then sir/madam, you are a more learned person than I. Not that you otherwise won’t be, but just! So here’s an interesting list.

And no, I have not done the research. This has come via Canongate and the link was from a good old friend Gautam D.

  • AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
  • ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
  • CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
  • COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
  • DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.
  • FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.
  • FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.
  • HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.
  • HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)
  • JARNS,
  • NITTLES,
  • GRAWLIX,
  • and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.
  • KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
  • KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.
  • LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.
  • MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.
  • NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.
  • OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is `asleep’.
  • 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.
  • OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.
  • PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.
  • 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.
  • PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.
  • RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.
  • ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.
  • SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.
  • SCROOP – The rustle of silk.
  • SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.
  • SPRAINTS – Otter dung.
  • TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.
  • WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.
  • ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.
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