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!

#1

Petrichor

Petrichor The way it smells after it rains is called petrichor.

Merriam-Webster , Maria Eklind Report

Cori
Community Member
3 months ago

That's one of my favorite smells on the planet!

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#2

Overmorrow

Overmorrow The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , Shinji Report

Shrek Bunny
Community Member
3 months ago

Everyone needs to know this

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#3

Dysania

Dysania Finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning is called dysania.

Healthline , megan ann Report

Cori
Community Member
3 months ago

Then I suffer from chronic dysania.

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#4

Semantic Satiation

Semantic Satiation The phenomenon of repeating a word and temporarily losing its meaning is called semantic satiation.

Wikipedia , zorilla Report

Cori
Community Member
3 months ago

I used to do that with the word purple when I was a kid.

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#5

Crapulence

Crapulence That sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called crapulence.

Merriam-Webster , águahotels Report

Giles McArdell
Community Member
3 months ago

Interesting, same word for politician's speaking.

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#6

Interrobang

Interrobang When you combine a question mark with an exclamation mark (‽), it is referred to as an interrobang.

Merriam-Webster , Jeremy Keith Report

OUSSAMA AGZOUL
Community Member
3 months ago

we need to use that instead of ?!

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#7

Grawlix

Grawlix A series of typographical symbols, such as $#!, used in text as a replacement for profanity is called a grawlix.

Merriam Webster , Threeboy Report

Steve Barnett
Community Member
3 months ago

It’s f#!king good to know that this s#!t had a f#?cking name.

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#8

Defenestration

Defenestration The action of throwing something or someone out of a window is called defenestration.

Merriam-Webster , Paul!!! Report

Animal Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Has it happened enough to need a name?! 😨

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#9

Drupelets

Drupelets The individual parts of raspberries and blackberries are called drupelets.

Merriam-Webster , Su Yin Khoo Report

just another bookish gay
Community Member
3 months ago

that is such an amazing name!

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#10

Aglet

Aglet The plastic or metallic coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.

Merriam-Webster , Eric T Report

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

Phineas and Ferb has an entire episode devoted to teaching this word.

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#11

Desire Line

Desire Line A path that is created in the grass by people walking on it because it is the shortest way is called desire line.

Merriam-Webster , Andrew Report

Joran Quinten
Community Member
3 months ago

In Dutch is an "Elephants trail" for the trails that elephans carve out in jungles

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#12

Paresthesia

Paresthesia The tingling sensation you get when your foot's asleep is called paresthesia.

Merriam-Webster , Michael Coghlan Report

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

I will still refer to it as, "the blood in my feet was replaced by sparkling wine" xD

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#13

Glabella

Glabella The space between your eyebrows is called glabella.

Merriam-Webster , Leandro Scarano Report

Earl Grey
Community Member
3 months ago

Not exactly. It’s the area between the eyebrow ridges and above the nose where the underlying bone is slightly depressed.

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#14

Griffonage

Griffonage Illegible handwriting is called griffonage.

Merriam-Webster , Christina Hendricks Report

Tuna Fish
Community Member
3 months ago

My students are happy I don't comment on their essays w/my handwriting. #ds106 #penatweet

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#15

Semordnilap

Semordnilap A word that means one thing forward and another backward is called semordnilap, for example, desserts and stressed.

Wikipedia , Jenny Huey Report

BieneMaya
Community Member
3 months ago

Palindrome?!

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#16

Digitus Minimus

Digitus Minimus Your little toe or finger is called digitus minimus.

Wikipedia , Wesley Fryer Report

iBlank
Community Member
3 months ago

great name for a small pet

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#17

Phosphenes

Phosphenes The sheen of a light that you see when you close your eyes is called phosphenes.

Merriam-Webster , wim goedhart Report

Gossameringue
Community Member
3 months ago

Phosphenes are caused by stimulation of your retina. No actual light is needed.

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#18

Brannock Device

Brannock Device The metal thing used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called Brannock device.

Brannock , Phillip Pessar Report

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

I never knew those things had a name.

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#19

Ereyesterday

Ereyesterday The day before yesterday is called ereyesterday.

Wikipedia , kenkwsiu Report

OUSSAMA AGZOUL
Community Member
3 months ago

overmorrow and ereyesterday

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#20

Zarf

Zarf A cup holder for hot drinks is called zarf.

Vocabulary , Angela CoffeeRank Report

Cat_Snake_Ferret
Community Member
3 months ago

she not using the zarf in the picture

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#21

Vocables

Vocables The 'na na na' and 'la la la', which don't really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.

Cambridge Dictionary , Francesco Report

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

Like in the song E=pro, where the chorus is, "Na na, nana na na na naaaa"

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#22

Tittle

Tittle The dot over an "i" or a "j" is called tittle.

Merriam-Webster , auntjojo Report

iblowsheep
Community Member
3 months ago

*chuckle*

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#23

Punt

Punt The indent on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt.

Merriam-Webster , Ruth Hartnup Report

Mumchkin
Community Member
3 months ago

Somehow I knew this I just wouldn't have been able to tell you it before seeing it here. I feel like maybe I read it in a book or it was in a crossword.

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#24

Aphthong

Aphthong 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."

Your Dictionary , Hans Splinter Report

David Becker
Community Member
3 months ago

''' like "kn" in "knight" or "gh" in "knight."

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#25

Pilcrow

The paragraph mark (¶) is called a pilcrow.

Merriam-Webster Report

Peppermallow
Community Member
3 months ago

A group of them is known as a murder of pilcrows

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#26

Vagitus

Vagitus The cry of a newborn or small child is called a vagitus.

Collins , Upsilon Andromedae Report

Earl Grey
Community Member
3 months ago

That child has a very pronounced glabella.

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#27

Wamble

Wamble When your stomach rumbles, that's a wamble.

Merriam-Webster , Alena Getman Report

iblowsheep
Community Member
3 months ago

bor·bo·ryg·mus | ˌbôrbəˈriɡməs | noun (plural borborygmi | -mī | ) technical a rumbling or gurgling noise made by the movement of fluid and gas in the intestines.

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#28

Eggcorn

A word or a phrase that is used mistakenly but in a plausible way for another word or phrase is called eggcorn.

Merriam-Webster Report

Tuna Fish
Community Member
3 months ago

I need an example of this?

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#29

Googlegänger

Googlegänger A person who has the same name as you and is found by searching it on Google is called a Googlegänger.

Macmillan Dictionary , ethermoon Report

Lara Verne
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I have one Facebookgänger.

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#30

Agraffe

Agraffe The wired cage that holds the cork on a bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.

Wein.plus , Greger Ravik Report

Joran Quinten
Community Member
3 months ago

Potato, potato. Agraffe, giraffe

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#31

Snellen Chart

The chart you look at while taking an eye exam is called the Snellen chart.

Wikipedia Report

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
3 months ago

I’m sure it’s named after some Snellen, but my brain wants to turn that into Smellen, which would be a word having scent-related overtones...

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#32

Murder

A group of crows is called a murder.

Merriam-Webster Report

ButterScot
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Two crows are an attempted murder.

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#33

Scroop

Scroop The crisp rustle of silk or a similar material that has been treated with dilute acid is called scroop.

Merriam-Webster , Paula Satijn Report

OUSSAMA AGZOUL
Community Member
3 months ago

so that's the giant cloth on dresses.

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#34

Muntins

The smalls strips of wood, plastic or metal in between separate panes of glass on a window are called muntins.

Merriam-Webster Report

Earl Grey
Community Member
3 months ago

Now I know the difference between muntins and mullions.

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#35

Pizza Saver

Pizza Saver The tiny plastic thing placed in the middle of a pizza box is called a pizza saver.

Wikipedia , stu_spivack Report

Karl Baxter
Community Member
3 months ago

I thought it was garden furniture for mice 😉

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#36

Agelast

A person who never laughs is called agelast.

Merriam-Webster Report

David Butler
Community Member
3 months ago

Not pronounced "age-last", but "ei-jeh-last".

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#37

Columella Nasi

Columella Nasi The space between your nostrils is called columella nasi.

Biology Online , Dan Zen Report

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Differs from a septum?

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#38

Armscye

Armscye The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves are sewn, is called armscye.

Merriam-Webster , John Benson Report

iBlank
Community Member
3 months ago

where did the general put his armies?

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#39

Palindrome

Palindrome A word or a phrase that reads the same way forward as it does backward is called a palindrome, for exmple, radar, level, madam.

Merriam-Webster , 270862 Report

BieneMaya
Community Member
3 months ago

Semordnilap?! 😁

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#40

Tine

Tine A prong or sharp point like of a fork or antler is called tine.

Cambridge Dictionary , waferboard Report

Mumchkin
Community Member
3 months ago

I'd think this is common knowledge.

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