Names for Everyday Items

  • Tittle – The dot over the ‘i’ or ‘j’.
  • Lunule – The White crescent shaped part at the top of a finger nail.
  • Crepuscular Rays – Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as ‘God’s rays’.
  • Ferrule – The metal part on a pencil.
  • Gynecomastic – Man-boobs.
  • Muntin – The strip separating window panes.
  • Morton’s Toe – When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.
  • Arms Akimbo – Hands on your hips
  • Desire Path – A path created by natural means, simply because it is the ‘shortest or most easily navigated’ way.
  • Semantic Satiation – When a word is used so frequently in a sentence it loses it’s meaning. Example: Hard worker looking for extra work to supplement current work.
  • Skeumorph – A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary. Example: Rivets on jeans, copper colour on pennies and the shutter sound on a digital camera.
  • Brannock Device – What is used to measure feet at the shoe store.
  • Paresthesia – The pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep.
  • Phosphenes – The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.
  • Armscye – The armhole in most clothing.
  • Wamble – Stomach rumble.
  • Feat – A dangling piece of curly hair.
  • Peen – The side opposite the hammer’s striking side.
  • Dysania – The state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.
  • Mondegreen – Misheard lyrics.
  • Petrichor – The smell outside after rain.
  • Philtrum – The groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.
  • Purlicue – The space between the thumb and the forefingers.
  • Aglet – The plastic coating on a shoelace.
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