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19 Things That Have Names, But You Probably Didn't Know It

It's impossible to know every single word in the English language. But there are words for things we use almost every day and have no clue what they are.

These are some things you had no idea there was a name for.

1. Philtrum

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That little grove between your nose and lip actually has a name, and it's not "that little grove."

2. Nibbling

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No, it's not a snack. Nibbling is a gender-neutral term for either a niece or nephew.

"I'm going to visit my nibblings today."

Or, if you're going to be an aunt or uncle but don't know the sex of the baby:

"I'm buying gifts for my nibbling!"

3. Nurdle

That little blob of toothpaste has a name, and that name is nurdle.

4. Petrichor

The favorite smell of many people, petrichor refers to the scent of nature after a rainfall. While some people think this scent is fake, it's a real thing and it smells heavenly.

5. Aglet

The small piece of plastic or metal at the end of your laces is called an aglet, and in theory it's supposed to stop your laces from fraying. You probably shouldn't chew it off...

6. Griffonage

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Griffonage refers to completely illegible handwriting. Most doctor's seem to suffer from it, and it's a school teacher's worst nightmare.

7. Zarf

Most commonly known as a sleeve, cylindrical, hollow pieces of cardboard are called zarfs. You can try asking your barista for one,  but you'll probably get a weirder look than if you ask for a large instead of a venti.

8. Lunule

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Those white tips at the top of your nails (not necessarily painted) aren't just called tips, they're called lunules because of their resemblance to the moon.

9. Punt

The dimple on the bottom of wine bottles is called a punt. No one really knows why it exists, but some theories are it makes for easier stacking and easier serving.

10. Tittle

The dot above your i or j has a name. It's called a tittle, and I think it's just called that to make you laugh.

11. Paresthesia

The feeling of pins and needles, or your foot being asleep, is actually called paresthesia.

12. Purlicue

The space between your thumb and your finger has a name, though why it does is still undetermined. The space is called purlicue, which can also be used to describe the curl at the end of handwritten word.

13. Feat

Feat is the correct term for a dangling piece of curly hair. So while Superman was famous for his feats, perhaps his best feat was his feat. Figure that one out.

14. Ferrule

The metal piece that connects an eraser to the end of a pencil is called a ferrule. No ferrule, that's what it's called!

15. Dingbats

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Those symbols you use when you don't want to write out a swear word are called dingbats, which oddly enough is a phrase you could use instead of swearing.

16. Kummerspeck

Finally! A word for the weight you gain after emotionally over-eating. The literal translation is "grief bacon" which makes sense, honestly.

17. Crapulence

Have you ever had a "food hangover?" What you're actually suffering from is crapulence. It's the sick feeling you get after eating too much. It can also relate to drinking too much, but there's already a common word for that.

18. Weenis

Weenis refers to the skin that covers your elbow, and is also a fun word to yell in school that you can't get in trouble for saying.

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