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Putting a name to that thingamajig; GUIDE TO TERMS YOU NEVER KNEW EXISTED.


EVER had rhinorrhea down your columella nasi or heard vagitus just as you are about to fall asleep? What about chanking putting you off your food, or whether Liam Gallagher is bothered about his lack of a glabella? If you are in the dark about what any of that means, you are probably not alone. For these are the names of things most of us do not know even have names.

From the bit of skin that separates your nostrils to the annoying phenomenon of only thinking of that brilliant comeback once it is too late, here are some of the most intriguing things you could never previously call by name.

Overmorrow The day after tomorrow Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon Seeing something for the first time - and then noticing it everywhere Chanking Food that is spat out, such as seeds or pips Darkle The opposite of "sparkle." To become dark Souffle Cup Ketchup/condiment cup Natiform Something that looks like a bottom - such a peach or a plum.

Punt The indent in the bottom of a bottle of wine - designed to give the glass more strength Jamais vu When a word loses its meaning after repeated saying. Translates to 'never seen' Misophonia The irritation felt towards someone for eating or breathing too loudly Gowpen Two hands formed to make a bowl Keeper The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle Grawlix The punctuation used in place of swearing in comics and other written forms. Such as "you %#$&@!* rascal!" Also known as jarns, nittles, and quimp Rasceta The creases on the inside of your wrist L'esprit d'escalier Moment an excellent retort comes to mind but too late for the argument.

Translates to "stairway wit" Feat A dropped curl of hair hanging loose Harp The metal ring that supports a lampshade Rowel The metal star on the heel of cowboy boots Octothorpe The hash symbol on a telephone Purlicue The connecting gap between the thumb and extended forefinger Ullage The gap in a full bottle of wine. If the top level is somewhere within the neck of the bottle, it is regarded as perfectly filled Aglet The metal or plastic-coated end of a shoelace Ferrule The metal band on the end of a pencil that holds the rubber in place Obdormition Numbness felt after pressure on a limb, such as sleeping on your arm so it falls asleep Peen The curved end of the hammer, opposite the flat hitting side Phosphenes The swirly lights seen when the eyes are closed tightly. Medically, they are caused by pressure on the eyeball Agraffe The wire cage that keeps the cork in a bottle of champagne Wamble The rumbling of a stomach Dysania Not wanting to get up in the morning Muntin The strip separating window panes Vagitus A newborn baby's cry Tittle The dot over a lowercase 'i' or 'j' Rheum The gunky stuff in your eye found after waking up. Sometimes refered to as sleep Lunule Lu Th th tRC The white crescent at the base of a fingernail Rhinorrhea Contents of runny nose CSA Skeuomorph A design feature copied from one object and replicated in others despite no practical reason to do so - such fr rdr as the shutter as the shutter sound on a digital camera Armscye The arm-holes in a shirt Mondegreen Misheard words or lyrics Brannock Device used for measuring feet in a shoe shop Morton's toe When the second toe is longer than the big one Desire Path A route that turns into a path because it is well-used - such a worn-down patch of grass from where walkers use it as a shortcut Petrichor The smell following rain Dragees The small silver-coloured edible beads used in cake decoration Drupelets The individual globules that make up berries such as raspberries and blackberries Fescue The small stick used to point out letters on a board to children learning to read Pandiculation Stretching that accompanies a yawn Flews The hanging skin on the faces of certain dog breeds such as the bloodhound. They are actually the upper lip Zarf Cardboard holder around a takeaway coffee cup Glassine The paper that lines boxes of chocolate and hold single chocolates or truffles. It's made through a special manufacturing process that breaks down the fibres in paper pulp and then presses it into moulds.

Canthus Point in the corner of the eye where the lower and upper eyelids meet Glabella The gap between eyebrows Caruncula The pink lump in the corner of an eye. It contains sweat and oil glands Philtrum Dent above top lip Columella nasi Skin separating the nostrils
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 22, 2013
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