40 Interesting Words For Things You Probably Never Knew Had A Name
In our everyday lives, we use just a small part of our languages' vocabularies. This is understandable as words go out of use, and we don't use scientific names for things or words that are used by a specific group of people, like professional terminology. Sometimes we don't even realize that some things have names at all or that they could have a specific name because we're used to referring to that thing by describing it.
Not a lot of us spend our time reading through dictionaries, but if we did, we could find some really interesting words, like how would you call the day after tomorrow or the struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Bored Panda gathered a list of things that you may not have known had a name in English, so enjoy it, as broadening your vocabulary is always fun. Don't forget to upvote the words that you liked the most and comment down below how many of these you already knew!
The way it smells after it rains is called petrichor.
Finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning is called dysania.
The phenomenon of repeating a word and temporarily losing its meaning is called semantic satiation.
That sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called crapulence.
When you combine a question mark with an exclamation mark (‽), it is referred to as an interrobang.
A series of typographical symbols, such as $#!, used in text as a replacement for profanity is called a grawlix.
The action of throwing something or someone out of a window is called defenestration.
The individual parts of raspberries and blackberries are called drupelets.
The plastic or metallic coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.
A path that is created in the grass by people walking on it because it is the shortest way is called desire line.
The tingling sensation you get when your foot's asleep is called paresthesia.
The space between your eyebrows is called glabella.
A word that means one thing forward and another backward is called semordnilap, for example, desserts and stressed.
Your little toe or finger is called digitus minimus.
The sheen of a light that you see when you close your eyes is called phosphenes.
The metal thing used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called Brannock device.
The day before yesterday is called ereyesterday.
The 'na na na' and 'la la la', which don't really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.
The indent on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt.
A letter or a combination of letters used in spelling the word but not pronounced is called an aphthong like "gh" in "knight" or in "fight."
The cry of a newborn or small child is called a vagitus.
A word or a phrase that is used mistakenly but in a plausible way for another word or phrase is called eggcorn.
A person who has the same name as you and is found by searching it on Google is called a Googlegänger.
The wired cage that holds the cork on a bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.
The chart you look at while taking an eye exam is called the Snellen chart.
The crisp rustle of silk or a similar material that has been treated with dilute acid is called scroop.
The smalls strips of wood, plastic or metal in between separate panes of glass on a window are called muntins.
The tiny plastic thing placed in the middle of a pizza box is called a pizza saver.
The space between your nostrils is called columella nasi.
The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves are sewn, is called armscye.
A word or a phrase that reads the same way forward as it does backward is called a palindrome, for exmple, radar, level, madam.