Sunday, December 10, 2006

33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

http://www.canongate.net/Lists/Words/33NamesOfThingsYouNeverKne

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. DRAG√ČES
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.

- S.B., D.W. & N.R.

1 comment:

Greg said...

I only knew four of these, I am sad to report: rasceta (because I did a report on palmistry in Junior High and that term was important), peen (like ballpeen hammer, duh!), hemidemi...(because it is a really stupid word), and aglet (because I just know that and I don't know why)

Greg