11 Things You Never Knew Actually Had Names
What’s the name for the the holes in Swiss cheese? Eyes. The state of being full of beer? Gambrinous. Dazzle your friends and family with this list of truly weird one-of-a-kind words.
What’s a columella?
The bottom part of the nose that separates the nostrils.
What are drupelets?
The bumps on raspberries.
What’s a ferrule?
The metal band on the top of a pencil that holds an eraser in place.
What’s a keeper?
The loop on a belt that holds the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
What’s a purlicue?
The space between the extended thumb and index finger.
What are vibrassae?
What’s an F-hole?
The S-shaped opening in a violin.
If you’ve ever looked up in the sky and thought, “I wonder what you call the line of clouds that forms behind an airplane flying at high altitudes?” check out the fun book The Weird World of Words (Zest Books) by Mitchell Symons. (Btw, the word you’re searching for is “contrail.”)
Originally published as Oddly Precise Names for 11 Things You Never Knew Actually Had Names on ReadersDigest.com.