English is a strange and complex language, but its strangeness may reach further than you thought. There are things that we see everyday that we may not even know the name of, or we didn’t even know had a name to begin with. Either way, you are going to be seeing some pretty peculiar names for common items that you may see on a daily basics. These are 10 Things You Would Never Guess Actually Have Names.
Petrichor is the scent produced when rain drops fall onto dry soil. Many people love the smell of rain so much because of an organic compound called geosmin that is released into the air.
The Ferrule is the metal part of the pencil that holds the eraser in place. You’ve most likely been using pencils your entire life and have never noticed this metal piece other than to chew on it.
3 Morton's Toe
Also known as “Greek Foot,” this is when your second toe is larger than your big toe. This may sound strange, but it’s actually a very common trait, occurring in 10%-20% of the population.
The zarf is the useful piece of cardboard that is used to go around your hot coffee cup. I prefer to think of it as a zesty scarf that wraps around your cup to keep it nice and warm.
5 Niggly Wiggly
This is just a fun word to say even if it was made up, but the name defines the little slit of paper that sticks out of all Hershey’s Kisses’ wrappers.
Tintinnabulation is the ringing or tinkling sound you hear from a bell. Why such a complex word for such a simple sound? Who knows?!
7 Columella Nasi
It’s the bottom section of your nose that splits your nostrils. Although you most likely didn’t know the name until now, without it you would simply have one giant nostril, so be thankful.
A nurdle is the pea size amount of toothpaste you squeeze onto your brush. Technically, all you should be using is a nurdle every time or you’re using too much to brush your teeth.
This is the part of a belt that holds the end in place once it is wrapped around. This might not seem like an important device, but you try having an extra long belt at the end with no keeper to keep it up.
Whenever you do something crazy or thrilling and feel a rush of excitement, maybe even to the point of getting chills, you are experiencing a “frisson.”