Words are everything for the modern man. If we didn’t have words, we would probably still be wearing animals skins and hanging from trees. The more words you know, the better you’re viewed by society. The better you use words, the smarter you are perceived to be. We keep inventing words, because we keep inventing new things. For example, there are popular Internet slang words you might want to take a look at if you want to be considered hip and cool. Today, though, we’re going to learn 10 words for everyday things you didn’t know had names. Do you know what the little plastic thing that covers the tip of your shoelace is called? If you don’t, read on and find out!
A lunule is the white crescent-shaped at the base of a fingernail. I bet you never asked yourself what they’re called and now that you know, I bet you won’t ever use this word. The word comes from the Latin luna which means moon. Come to think of it, they do look a bit like little moons, don’t they?
It’s weird when you think that they are little parts of the body that have names we don’t know. Such is the case of the small area between our eyebrows; it is weirdly called a glabella. It comes from the Latin glaber, meaning smooth, which can be a little misleading, as some people have hair there which makes them proud owners of a unibrow.
This one is a really good one to remember whenever you’re having a heated argument or if you ever become a rock and roll star. To defenestrate means to throw out a window and it comes from the Latin fenestra which means window. What are some things that you would like to defenestrate?
A lemniscate is the infinity symbol, that eight-shaped curve. It comes from Latin which means with hanging ribbons, because the symbol obviously resembles a ribbon. It’s amazing that something so well-known has such a regal name, isn’t it? Now that you know what it’s called, you can go ahead and have it as a tattoo.
This funny-sounding word is at the middle of one of the most famous lawsuits ever: between Colgate and Aquafresh. The word itself is used in the syntagm a nurdle of toothpaste which means a tiny bit of toothpaste. Now that you know what that thing on your toothbrush is called, I bet you can sleep better at night.
Another bit of our body that you didn’t have any clue what it was called! The columella nasi is the bit of skin found in between your nostrils. Yes, that cartilage that separates your nose in two has a fancy Latin name that you will never remember. Talk about those everyday things you didn’t know had names.
OK, out of all the things on our list, this one probably makes the most sense. I know you must have wondered what those little tiny things that are left on a banana when you peel it are called. Come on, you’re a human being, you must have wondered! Well, they’re called phloem bundles! Share this valuable information with your friends and family.
The philtrum is the vertical channel above your upper lip. The funny thing about this word is that in Greek it means love potion. Back in the day, this facial feature was believed to have seductive powers. It’s pretty strange that such an attractive portion of the face has such a weird and little-known name.
Do you know what the bottom of a glass bottle is called? We’ll tell you! It’s called a punt and its purpose is to strengthen the bottle and while doing so it also reduces the bottle’s holding capacity. Did you know this word?
This word that describes the little tag that covers the end of a lace is the most fascinating word ever. We’ve all seen an aglet. We’ve all felt how awful life without aglets really is, yet we don’t know this word and don’t use it as often as we should. It comes from the Latin acus which means needle.
Did you enjoy our words for everyday things you didn’t know had names! What other peculiar words for simple objects do you know? Care to share with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below.