15 Everyday Things You Didn't Know Actually Have Names

15 Everyday Things You Didn’t Know Actually Have Names

There are things we see everyday but do not know what their actual names are. In some cases, we don’t even expect that things as simple as the metal part of a pencil that holds in the rubber has a specific name. And that is just the first of many things that you may not have known had names, until today. For such reasons, we have gathered the names of 15 everyday things that do indeed actually have names for them.

1. Petrichor

Rain, petrichor, names, things
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If you love the Earthy smell of rain, then you are not alone. The clean natural aroma is produced when rain drops hit dry soil. The word petrichor comes from the Greek, Petros, meaning ‘stone’ + ichor; the fluid flowing in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. It is caused primarily by an organic compound called geosmin; which is produced by Streptomyces, a Gram-positive type of Actinobacteria.

2. Ferrule

Ferrule, pencil, eraser, rubber
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The metal sleeve at the top of a pencil which is scrunched together is actually called a ferrule. It serves a purpose other than giving the pencil a unique look; it holds the eraser in place. In fact, any object, generally used for fastening, joining, sealing or reinforcement can be called a ferrule.

3. Niggly Wiggly

Hershey Kisses, Niggly Wiggly, paper tail
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We eat them all the time, but have you ever wondered why that little piece of paper hangs out of a Hershey’s Kiss? It’s how the company lets it’s consumers know that it is an original Hershey’s Kiss. That little paper tail has a name and is called a Niggly Wiggly.

4. Zarf

Zarf, coffee, cup, people
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Avid coffee drinkers would be familiar with the cardboard sleeve around a coffee cup. Those sleeves, which are sometimes called coffee cozies, hot cup jackets, coffee collars and coffee sleeves are actually zarfs. Its purpose is to allow you to hold a hot cup without burning your fingers.

5. Glabella

Glabella, eyebrows, woman, facts
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The space between your eyebrows is called the glabella. The vertical lines that appear between the eyebrows are called frown lines or glabellar lines.

6. Morton’s Toe

Morton's Toe, feet, fingers, people
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About 10% to 20% of the world’s population has this trait called Morton’s Toe. Those with Morton’s Toe have a second toe that is longer than their big toe. It is also referred to as long toe or “Greek toe,” as the feet seen on classic Greek statues.

7. Nurdle

Nurdle, toothpaste, brushing, morning routine
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A nurdle is that curvy squirt of toothpaste—perfectly shaped in advertisements. Toothpaste brands actually trademark these shapes and often get into legal arguments with each other over the shape.

8. Dysania

Dysania, sleep, waking up, morning
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There are very good reasons to not get out of bed in the morning. Especially during winter, the warm covers make us feel cozy; causing us to keep hitting the snooze button.. But, what if you feel like that everyday? If you feel like you have too much trouble getting out of bed every morning, other than the obvious reasons, then there’s a word for that: dysania. The word is a rarely used term for “I don’t get out of bed in the morning”.

9. Peen

Peen, hammer, nail, tool
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You would never guess that the back side of a hammer would have a name.The wedgelike, spherical shaped head is actually called a peen.

10. Minimus

Minimus, pinky finger, hand, facts
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Your little toe or finger is called minimus and the squishy space in between your thumb and forefinger is called purlicue.

11. Googleganger

Googleganger, Google, search, engine
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When you type your name in Google and do a search, if someone else shows up with similar information as you, then they are called your Googleganger; similar to doppleganger.

12. Kummerspeck

Kummerspeck, food, eating, depressed
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Kummerspeck is a German word that describes someone who gained extra weight due to emotional over-eating. It literally means “grief bacon” in German.

13. Caruncula

Eyes, triangle, caruncula
Image: Amanda Dalbjörn

The small triangular bump on the inside corner of each eye.

14. Biblioklept

Biblioklept, books, reading, knowledge
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Someone who is a compulsive book thief or hoarder is called a biblioklept. The word is derived from two Greek roots: biblio-, ‘book,” and klept, “thief”.

15. Griffonage

Griffonage, writing, doctors
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A crude or illegible handwriting is called “griffonage”; which doctors are famous for.

Here are a few more facts:

16. Pentheraphobia: The fear of your mother-in-law.

17. Arachibutyrophobia: The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

18. A moment of apricity: Feeling the warm sun during a cold winter day.

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