All in a name

33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

  1. ABOYNE (vb.) To beat an expert at a game of skill by playing so appallingly that none of his clever tactics or strategies are of any use to him.
  2. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
  3. AALST (n.) One who changes his name to be further to the front
  4. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
  5. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
  6. CLIXBY (adj.) Politely rude. Briskly vague. Firmly uninformative.
  7. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
  8. DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.
  9. FAIRYMOUNT (vb. n.) Polite word for buggery.
  10. FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.
  11. FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.
  12. HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.
  13. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)
  14. LAXOBIGGING (ptcpl.vb.) Struggling to extrude an extremely large turd.
  15. JARNS,
  16. NITTLES,
  17. GRAWLIX,
  18. and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.
  19. KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
  20. KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.
  21. LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.
  22. MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.
  23. NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.
  24. OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is `asleep’.
  25. 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.
  26. OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.
  27. PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.
  28. 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.
  29. PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.
  30. RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.
  31. ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.
  32. SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.
  33. SCROOP – The rustle of silk.
  34. SHOEBURYNESS (abs.n.) The vague uncomfortable feeling you get when sitting on a seat which is still warm from somebody else’s bottom
  35. SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.
  36. SPRAINTS – Otter dung.
  37. TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.
  38. TAINT – The space between the testicles or vagina and the anus.
  39. WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.
  40. WOKING (vb.) To enter the kitchen with the precise determination to perform something only to forget what it is just before you do i
  41. ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

(From Canogate’s Book of Lists )


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