So THAT’S What You Call It?????

“Everything has a name, Helen”…that’s what learned in the movie, “The Miracle Worker” (I’m talking about the good version of the movie starring Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke–not that suck ass Lifetime/We cable shit starring a grown-up Patty Duke in the role of Annie Sullivan, with Melissa Gilbert and her frighteningly large teeth, performing a cinematic abortion on the role of Helen Keller).

Yes, everything has a name and today in La Blog de Laurie, we’re going to learn some of the more unusual names for the most unusual things we utilize every damn day.

Let’s start at the start.

1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.

3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.

4 . COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

5. DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.

6. FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.

7. FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

8. HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

9. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

10. JARNS, NITTLES, GRAWLIX and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.

11. KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

12. KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

13. LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.

14. MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.

15 . NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.

16. OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is ‘asleep’.

17. OCTOTHORPE – The symbol ‘#’ on a telephone handset. Bell Labs’ engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

18. OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

19. PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

20. PHOSPHENES – The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.

21. PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

22. RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.

23. ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

24. SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.

25. SCROOP – The rustle of silk.

26. SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

27. SPRAINTS – Otter dung.

28. TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.

29. WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.

30. ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.


  1. Taint? I thought that was the little bit in between a mans balls and his ass. You know… it aint the ass and it aint the balls.

    On a woman this is called the chin rest.

  2. you had me at “HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER.”

    I have a friend who wrote an instrumental called “March of the Hemidemisemiquaver”…it sucked, but had a cool title.

  3. I knew Dragees. We used them on my daughter’s birthday cake when she was five. It was a castle cake with ice cream cone spires covered in silver dragees….the top was entirely silver. We joke about it having given her asperger’s syndrome.

  4. I hope Chris Martin and Gwenyth Paltrow name their next kid “Octothorpe”…I could picture such a child growing up to be a strapping young man (or lesbian-chick for that matter…)

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