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Strange Names of 33 Things You Never Knew had Names

Discussion in 'Jokes and Humour' started by Removed_User4, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. Strange Names of 33 Things You Never Knew had Names

    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.
  2. I actually KNOW a couple of them (but I'm not saying which ones :p.)
  4. These are quite common names , ferrule and tang are used a lot.

    and i thought a hammer had a pein rather than a peen (Has this been de-americanised???)
  5. Probably New Zealanderised :rofl:

    But dont forget, the Oxford dictionary is for Brits, The Webster dictionary is for Americans and the MacQuarie dictionary is for us Aussies.

    Dont get this confused.
  6. knew a few, so cut the list down to about 25 ;)

    but an interesting read none the less.