30 Specific Names For Things You Most Like Didn’t Even Know Had Names

Published 3 years ago

It doesn’t take a linguist to know that the English language can be a real pain at times, especially when you’re trying to describe something and just can’t find the right words for it. But what if I told you there are words to describe those things – it’s just that they’re used so rarely, people hardly know they exist.

Turns out that the English language is a lot more vivid than you imagined – and today we have prepared you a collection of rarely used yet real words used to describe specific things, that you’ll be surprised to find out even have names in the first place. From the plastic tips of shoelaces to the smell after the rain, check out a collection of names for things or occurrences that you probably never heard before in the gallery below!

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#1 Overmorrow

Image source: Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary

The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.

#2 Interrobang

Image source: Merriam-Webster

When you combine a question mark with an exclamation mark (‽), it is referred to as an interrobang.

#3 Petrichor

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The way it smells after it rains is called petrichor.

#4 Crapulence

Image source: Merriam-Webster

That sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called crapulence.

#5 Defenestration

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The action of throwing something or someone out of a window is called defenestration.

#6 Semordnilap

Image source: Wikipedia

A word that means one thing forward and another backward is called semordnilap, for example, desserts and stressed.

#7 Semantic Satiation

Image source: Wikipedia

The phenomenon of repeating a word and temporarily losing its meaning is called semantic satiation.

#8 Grawlix

Image source: Merriam Webster

A series of typographical symbols, such as $#!, used in text as a replacement for profanity is called a grawlix.

#9 Glabella

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The space between your eyebrows is called glabella.

#10 Dysania

Image source: Healthline

Finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning is called dysania.

#11 Aglet

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The plastic or metallic coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.

#12 Desire Line

Image source: Merriam-Webster

A path that is created in the grass by people walking on it because it is the shortest way is called desire line.

#13 Zarf

Image source: Vocabulary

A cup holder for hot drinks is called zarf.

#14 Digitus Minimus

Image source: Wikipedia

Your little toe or finger is called digitus minimus.

#15 Paresthesia

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The tingling sensation you get when your foot’s asleep is called paresthesia.

#16 Griffonage

Image source: Merriam-Webster

Illegible handwriting is called griffonage.

#17 Drupelets

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The individual parts of raspberries and blackberries are called drupelets.

#18 Phosphenes

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The sheen of a light that you see when you close your eyes is called phosphenes.

#19 Vocables

Image source: Cambridge Dictionary

The ‘na na na’ and ‘la la la’, which don’t really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.

#20 Vagitus

Image source: Collins

The cry of a newborn or small child is called a vagitus.

#21 Ereyesterday

Image source: Wikipedia

The day before yesterday is called ereyesterday.

#22 Brannock Device

Image source: Brannock

The metal thing used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called Brannock device.

#23 Eggcorn

A word or a phrase that is used mistakenly but in a plausible way for another word or phrase is called eggcorn.

Image source: Merriam-Webster

#24 Punt

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The indent on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt.

#25 Pilcrow

The paragraph mark (¶) is called a pilcrow.

Image source: Merriam-Webster

#26 Tittle

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The dot over an “i” or a “j” is called tittle.

#27 Aphthong

Image source: Your Dictionary

A letter or a combination of letters used in spelling the word but not pronounced is called an aphthong like “gh” in “knight” or in “fight.”

#28 Scroop

Image source: Merriam-Webster

The crisp rustle of silk or a similar material that has been treated with dilute acid is called scroop.

#29 Googlegänger

Image source: Macmillan Dictionary

A person who has the same name as you and is found by searching it on Google is called a Googlegänger.

#30 Wamble

Image source: Merriam-Webster

When your stomach rumbles, that’s a wamble.

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