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16 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

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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.

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.


Ophryon

 The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

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.

Obdormition

 The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is ‘asleep’.

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.

Rowel

 The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

Purlicue

 The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

Snorkel box

 A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

Zarf

 A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

Wamble

 Stomach rumbling.

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