Most things have names. However, sometimes the names are so obscure that they get relegated to being called “whatchamacallits” or “thingamajigs.”
Here are ten little known names for everyday items.
- Paresthesia is that itching and tingling sensation in an extremity. You might have heard it referred to as “my foot’s gone asleep” or “pins and needles.”
- Griffonage is another name for illegible or crude handwriting.
- If you’re a fan of the Phineas and Ferb TV show, you may already know that those plastic or metal tubes at the ends of shoelaces are aglets.
- Word People are likely to know this one. One example of a ferrule is that metal tube that holds an eraser onto a pencil.
- The dot on a lower case i is called a tittle.
- The philtrum is the vertical groove of skin under your nose and above your upper lip.
- The foam on the top of a glass of beer is the barm.
- A group of polo ponies is called a string.
- Speaking of string, a string of symbols that are used to express profanity (as in “#@%!!$%”) is a grawlix.
- And the next time you are outside on a cold December day and you feel the beautifully welcome warmth of the sun, you have just experienced apricity.