EVERYDAY THINGS YOU HAD NO IDEA THERE WAS A WORD FOR
Added on: 11th Mar 2016
Human beings have philtrum’s, and they’re not some obscure
organ left over from when we all still lived in trees. It’s just the
name for the groove between your nose and your top lip.
Convinced you’ve never met a nibbling? No, it’s not a creature from
a fairy-tale, it’s just a gender-neutral word for either a
niece or a nephew.
No, it’s not the name of slightly scary heavy metal band.
A hypnic jerk is that weird twitch that wakes you up just
as you’re falling asleep.
You know when you say or read a word so many times
it stops seeming like a word at all? That’s called semantic satiation.
This is something we’ve all used countless times
without having any idea it had its own name.
It’s the word for the dot that goes over an ‘i’.
Don’t know what a grawlix is? #!%& off!
A grawlix is the name for using symbols in place
of a swear word.
This is a problem most doctors seem to suffer from for
some odd reason. Griffonage is handwriting that’s just
If you’ve ever bought trainers, you probably have aglets
in your wardrobe. They’re the little plastic bits on the
end of shoelaces that stop them fraying.
This is a word that specifically describes that incredible smell
that only happens when rain falls after a spell of hot, dry weather.
You can show off to any wine-snob friends with this one.
A punt is the name for the indentation at the base of a wine bottle.
OK, so there is another name for this one. But paraesthesia
is the official scientific name for pins and needles.
You can say it feels autumnal when the leaves are starting
to drop, but what about when the weather is heating up
at the end of spring? Here’s when you can use aestival,
it means to do with summer.