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58 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

  • Petrichor:

    the way it smells outside after rain.

  • Purlicue:

    the space between the thumb and forefingers.

  • Wamble:

    stomach rumbling.

  • Aglet:

    the plastic coating on a shoelace.

  • Vagitus:

    the cry of a newborn baby.

  • Glabella:

    the space between your eyebrows.

  • Chanking:

    spat-out food.

  • Lunule:

    the white, crescent shaped part of the nail.

  • Peen:

    the side opposite the hammer’s striking side.

  • Tines:

    the prongs on a fork.

  • Souffle cup:

    a ketchup/condiment cup.

  • Natiform:

    something that resembles a butt.

  • Phosphenes:

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

  • Nurdle:

    a tiny dab of toothpaste.

  • Box tent:

    the table in the middle of a pizza box.

  • Cornicione:

    the outer part of the crust on a pizza.

  • Barm:

    the foam on a beer.

  • Rasceta:

    the lines on the inside of your wrist.

  • Overmorrow:

    the day after tomorrow.

  • Ferrule:

    the metal part at the end of a pencil.

  • Punt:

    the bottom of a wine bottle.

  • Keeper:

    the loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

  • Minimus:

    your little toe or finger.

  • Zarf:

    the cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup.

  • Rectal Tenesmus:

    the feeling of incomplete defecation.

  • Agraffe:

    the wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne.

  • Columella nasi:

    the space between your nostrils.

  • Lemniscate:

    the infinity symbol.

  • Desire path:

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

  • Armscye:

    the armhole in most clothing.

  • Dysania:

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

  • Collywobbles:

    butterflies in your stomach.

  • Nibling:

    the non-gender-specific term for a niece or nephew — like sibling.

  • Griffonage:

    unreadable handwriting.

  • Paresthesia:

    that “pins and needles” feeling.

  • Defenestrate:

    to throw out a window.

  • Muntin:

    the strip separating window panes.

  • Philtrum:

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

  • Snood:

    the fleshy thing around the neck of a turkey.

  • Vocable:

    the na na nas and la la las in song lyrics that don’t have any meaning.

  • Tittle:

    the dot over an “i” or a “j.”

  • Morton’s toe:

    when your second toe is bigger than your big toe.

  • Crepuscular rays:

    rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. AKA what your aunt might have called “God’s rays.”

  • Snellen chart:

    the chart you look at when you take an eye exam.

  • Crapulence:

    that sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much.

  • Obelus:

    the division sign (÷).

  • Ideolocator:

    a “you are here” sign.

  • Brannock device:

    the thing they use to measure your feet at the shoe store.

  • Interrobang:

    what it’s called when you combine a question mark with an exclamation point like this: ?!

  • Mamihlapinatapai:

    the look shared by two people who both hope the other will offer to do something that they both want but aren’t willing to do.

  • Phloem bundles:

    those long stringy things you see when peeling a banana.

  • Semantic satiation:

    what happens when you say a word so long it loses meaning.

  • Octothorpe:

    the pound (#) button on a telephone.

  • Gynecomastia:


  • Mondegreen:

    misheard song lyrics.

  • Scurryfunge:

    the time you run around cleaning frantically right before company comes over.

  • Aphthongs:

    silent letters.

  • Tmesis:

    when you separate a word into two for effect. Example: “I AM GOING TO ASBO-FREAKIN’-LUTELY BE THE BEST SCRABBLE PLAYER ON THE PLANET NOW!”

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