12 Enjoyable Names for Relatively Common Things
1. The plastic table-like item found in pizza boxes is called a box tent and was patented in 1983. Most people in the biz now call it a pizza saver. Meanwhile, whomever “invented” this, is probably a billionaire, and that is not fair…..
2. Ever look at a familiar word for so long that it starts to look—and sound—completely strange? That feeling of seeing something for the first time, even though there’s nothing new about it, is called jamais vu. Oh, I see what you did there…. Ha!
3. Paresthesia is that tingling sensation when your foot falls asleep. Needles. I call it needles.
4. The string of typographical symbols comic strips use to indicate profanity (“$%@!”) is called a grawlix. Apparently, this is a thing. Google it.
5. The small, triangular pink bump on the inside corner of each eye is called the caruncula. It contains sweat and oil glands that produce rheum, also known as “eye crispies,” “sleep,” and “tear rocks.” I’m totally using this in everyday conversation. “Hey…you got a little rheum in your caruncula.” Let the weird stares begin.
6. Another word for playful banter is badinage.
I know must apologize for the next picture. Especially is you suffer from Ophidiophobia.
7. What do you call a group of rattlesnakes? A rhumba.
8. To waste time by being lazy is to dringle. So maybe it should be called “DringleBook.”
9. An agraffe is the wire cage that keeps the cork in a bottle of champagne. Tell all your classy friends! Who knew?!
10. Those back flaps on a bra are called wings. Why aren’t they just called “back flaps?” And I guess I have no idea what they’re talking about here. There are back flaps on bras? What is the purpose? Help?!
11. A single slice of bacon is called a rasher. More importantly, why do we need this word. Who eats just a rasher? I want to know what like 5 pieces of bacon are called. I blame the Brits.
12. The web between your thumb and forefinger is called the purlicue (and is pronounced just like “curlicue”). Acupuncturists say pinching it will make headaches go away. This actually works and you should try it!
What are some of your favorite extra ordinary/extraordinary words?