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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

25 everyday things you never knew had names

This is such a random post but I promise you will become smarter when you're finished reading! I stumbled upon this article about 25 things you never knew had names. I know I am not the only one who uses the phrases "thingy ma bobber" and "whatchamacallit" so you can thank me now for sophisticating your vocabulary. Did you know there is actually a real word for man boobs?!

1. Tittle

The dot over an 'i' or 'j.'


2. Lunule

The white, crescent shaped part at the top of a nail.


3. Crepuscular Rays

Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as “God's rays.”


4. Ferrule

The metal part on a pencil.  

5. Gynecomastia



6. Muntin

The strip separating window panes.


7. Morton's Toe

When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.


8. Arms Akimbo

Exactly what it looks like. Hands on your hips.


9. Desire Path

A path created by natural means, simply because it is the “shortest or most easily navigated” way.


10. Semantic Satiation

What happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning. Limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit.


11. Skeuomorph

“A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary.” For example, rivets on jeans, copper color on pennies, the shutter sound on a digital camera, and the pointless handle above.


12. Brannock Device

What is used to measure your feet at the shoe store.


13. Paresthesia

The pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep. Bonus! This is known as obdormition.


14. Phosphenes

The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.


15. Armscye

The armhole in most clothing.


16. Wamble

Stomach rumble.


17. Feat

A dangling piece of curly hair.


18. Peen

The side opposite the hammer's striking side.


19. Rectal Tenesmus

The feeling of incomplete defecation. We've all been there.


20. Dysania

The state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.


21. Mondegreen

Misheard lyrics.


22. Petrichor

The it smells outside after rain.


23. Philtrum

The groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.


24. Purlicue

The space between the thumb and the forefingers.


25. Aglet

The plastic coating on a shoelace.


Ashley said...

I knew about the medical terms, but did not know the rest! Haha!

Thanks for the info!

Meg said...

Haha those were funny. I'm in the same boat as Ashley, I knew the medical terms and Aglet but that's it!

custom research paper writing service said...

A very informative post. I never knew these names or these things are even called something. Thank you for increasing my vocabulary.

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