12 Enjoyable Names for Relatively Common Things

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Fancy yourself a logophile ... and didn't have to look up "logophile"? See if you know these 12 words for 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.

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.

3. Paresthesia is that tingling sensation when your foot falls asleep.

4. The string of typographical symbols comic strips use to indicate profanity ("$%@!") is called a grawlix.

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."

6. Another word for playful banter is badinage.

7. What do you call a group of rattlesnakes? A rhumba.

8. To waste time by being lazy is to dringle.

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9.  An agraffe is the wire cage that keeps the cork in a bottle of champagne. Tell all your classy friends!

10. Those back flaps on a bra are called wings.

11. A single slice of bacon is called a rasher.

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.

What are some of your favorite extra ordinary/extraordinary words?

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December 12, 2012 - 4:12am
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