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25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names

by Jennifer Taylor

There are so many things out there that we deal with or see everyday, but have no idea what they are called. This is a list of 25 ridiculous real names for 25 everyday items. 

  • 1. Tittle

    The dot over an ‘i’ or ‘j.’

  • 2. Lunule

    The white, crescent shaped part at the top of a nail.

  • 3. Crepuscular Rays

    Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as “God’s rays.”

  • 4. Ferrule

    The metal part on a pencil.

  • 5. Gynecomastia


  • 6. Muntin

    The strip separating window panes.

  • 7. Morton’s Toe

    When your second toe is bigger than your big toe.

  • 8. Arms Akimbo

    Exactly what it looks like. Hands on your hips.

  • 9. Desire Path

    A path created by natural means, simply because it is the “shortest or most easily navigated” way.

  • 10. Semantic Satiation

    What happens when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning. Limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit limit.

  • 11. Skeuomorph

    “A design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary.” For example, rivets on jeans, copper color on pennies, the shutter sound on a digital camera, and the pointless handle above.

  • 12. Brannock Device

    What is used to measure your feet at the shoe store.

  • 13. Paresthesia

    The pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep. Bonus! This is known as obdormition.

  • 14. Phosphenes

    The lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.

  • 15. Armscye

    The armhole in most clothing.

  • 16. Wamble

    Stomach rumble.

  • 17. Feat

    A dangling piece of curly hair.

  • 18. Peen

    The side opposite the hammer’s striking side.

  • 19. Rectal Tenesmus

    The feeling of incomplete defecation. We’ve all been there.

  • 20. Dysania

    The state of finding it hard to get out of the bed in the morning.

  • 21. Mondegreen

    Misheard lyrics.

  • 22. Petrichor

    The way it smells outside after rain.

  • 23. Philtrum

    The groove located just below the nose and above the middle of the lips.

  • 24. Purlicue

    The space between the thumb and the forefingers.

  • 25. Aglet

    The plastic coating on a shoelace.

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