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.)

10-13. JARNS, NITTLES, GRAWLIX 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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