We would like to think that we know how to refer to the items that we use on a daily basis. However, that just isn’t true. Whether it be that little white table atop a freshly-delivered pizza, or the metallic piece connecting pencils and erasers, everything has a name — and in most cases, they’re overlooked. Let’s see how many of the names of these everyday items you were actually aware of.
1. Little White Tables On a Pizza – “Pizza Saver”
For decades, we’ve been opening up pizza boxes and seeing something a bit baffling on our pies: those little white tables smack in the middle of the pizzas. That said, how many people actually know the name of these baby tables? If you didn’t know already, they’re called pizza savers — and actually serve an important function.
When the dinner time rush is on and every pizza parlor in the city is getting calls, the pizzas can quite literally stack up in those delivery cars. Yet no matter how much pressure is on the pizza box, those handy pizza savers prevent the box from touching the pizza pie and ruining the presentation of the meal.
2. Little Cups For Condiments – “Soufflé Cups”
We all know soufflé cups quite well, but we don’t really know that we know them. When a diner doesn’t have a bottle of ketchup or those plastic packets, we are often treated to soufflé cups. Sometimes they come with lids and aren’t even used for condiments, but are just to contain some pickles or a pepper.
Now for some people, the appearance of these cups is going to be a surefire annoyance. It means having to possibly stand up and get refills of mustard or ketchup during a meal. Packets and full bottles allow you to get as much as you think you’ll need.
3. Barriers Between Window Panes – “Muntins”
Muntins definitely sound familiar and many will scratch their heads and wonder where they heard the word from. Muntins have a way of instantly taking us back to the 1800s. We can totally picture someone from the Victorian age instructing a maid to clean out the muntins. So what exactly does this curious word describe?
Truthfully speaking, you probably have a set of muntins in your home right now. Turn to your nearest window, and whether you realize it or not, muntins will surely be in your line of vision. Muntins are those long strips of metal, wood, or plastic that separate individual window panes.
4. Metal Strip Between Pencil and Eraser – “Ferrules”
In an age when most writing is done on a keyboard or phone, the mere thought of writing with a wooden pencil springs open our nostalgic floodgates. Even when we do have to write something on paper, a pen is definitely the way most people choose to go.
That said, we can think back to our pencil days and remember using (or chewing on) that trusty eraser, and at times even pulling it from that metal thing that keeps the eraser sticking to the pencil. Those metallic pieces we interacted with for so many years shockingly have a name of their very own: they’re called ferrules.
5. Spiky End of a Fork – “Tines”
Unless you’re fasting on occasion, you’ve probably been whipping a fork out of your kitchen drawer a couple of times a day every day for as far back as you can remember. That said, how much do you reckon you actually know about this little piece of cutlery?
While most feel well-acquainted enough with the tool to see zero mystery in it at all, we’re willing to bet that they couldn’t even properly name what most refer to as the “prongs” or “spikes” at the end of the fork. These are called tines, and they help hold down that steak you’re about to dig into.
6. Space Between Eyebrows – “Glabella”
Upon hearing about the glabella, it sounds a lot more like a monster that Godzilla would be fighting than a part of your body. That said, the glabella actually gets a whole lot of attention compared to other body parts. You’ll find people spending day in and day out plucking it, and if they let it get too bushy with hair it’ll actually cover it up with a unibrow.
The glabella is that little space that can be found between your two eyebrows. Maybe it’s better that we keep referring to it as just the space between our eyebrows, because truthfully speaking, the name glabella just isn’t that flattering.
7. Dotted “I’s” and Crossed “T’s” – “Tittles”
If someone just so happened to mention tittles to you during a conversation, you might not know what to think about it. What exactly are tittles? Here’s a hint: you probably use them everyday, especially if you find yourself writing with a pen or a pencil from time to time. You’re making tittles daily and not even knowing it.
If you ever heard the saying, “dot your ‘i’s’ and cross your ‘t’s’,” that’s exactly what tittles are. A tittle is a small line or dot that you add to a lower-case letter. Looks like we’ve all done a fair share of tittling in our lives.
8. Last Loop On a Belt – “Keeper”
When whipping out that belt, we don’t usually consider all the separate parts of this clothing item, but they’re there. Once the strap finds its way through that final buckle, it has that last loop to secure the belt and keep it in place. Little do most know, that loop actually has a name, and it’s called a keeper.
A quality keeper on a belt can be the difference between having that belt for a couple months and having it for a few years. When you see an expensive belt at the store, its value often comes down to whether or not it has a sturdy and trusty belt keeper.
9. Candy Corn – “Chicken Feed”
When it comes to candies like M&Ms or Snickers, we can guess that most people love them. On the other hand, candy corn sadly cannot lay claim to that kind of fame. It seems that, generally speaking, roughly five out of ten people are going to say that they can’t stand the little colorful candies. This is likely why they only tend to make an appearance once a year, around Halloween.
Most people don’t know this, but candy corn isn’t officially called candy corn, or at least it wasn’t when it first came out. It was widely known as chicken feed when it was first introduced. Seems that back in the 19th century, its creators wanted to market this candy towards people in more rural areas by using terms that would be instantly familiar to them.
10. Indent On The Bottom of a Wine Bottle – “Punt”
Anyone who knows a thing or two about sports will instantly think of football or soccer when hearing the word punt. However, this word actually has a second meaning that has little to do with the gridiron greats. The word punt has probably been longer associated with a bottle of Cola, cider, or wine.
When you look on the bottom of many a glass bottle, you’ll see that it’s indented to a certain extent. Sometimes that indent is deep and other times it’s barely noticeable. That indent is called a punt. Punts were a signature back when bottles were made by glassblowers.
11. Spot On Your Back That You Can’t Reach – “Acnestis”
There isn’t a spot on your body that comes without its own name. While most of the human body is common knowledge to anyone who has one, there is one spot that most people definitely can’t name. It’s that spot with an itch that you can never seem to scratch.
That little section on our backs, the one that has us buying back-scratchers or rubbing up against trees, has a name to it: it’s called the acnestis. While nearly nobody knows how to mention it by name, this little part of our body has had a profound impact on almost everyone. Next time you find yourself with that itch you can’t reach, ask someone if they can scratch your acnestis.
12. Cheerios – “Cheerioats”
When it comes to the most popular breakfast cereals, we can all assume that Cheerios is sitting pretty high up on that list. Much of this has to do with the variety of flavors that you can buy them in. If you aren’t a fan of the regular Cheerios, you can always settle for honey nut or frosted Cheerios.
But even with such a straightforward food, not everything is as plain as day. There is a bit of history and mystery to the beloved breakfast staple. They were originally called Cheerioats, and this would be the name that they’d go by today had it not been for a trademark violation.
13. Protective Sleeve For a Hot Cup of Coffee – Zarf
If you asked someone to guess what a zarf was, they’d probably think that it’s a new product by Nerf or a second rate PlayDough rip-off. Heck, it even sounds like it could be something from a 1950s science fiction flick. But those guesses couldn’t be any more off.
Surely you’ve interacted with a zarf without realizing it! A zarf is that cardboard or fabric sleeve that protects your hand from getting burned by a boiling cup of coffee. When someone goes to Starbucks, they probably refer to it as a cover or something, but the proper name is zarf. We can’t help but wonder if this would be news to people actually working in the coffee shops.
14. Tube On The End of Laces and Holes For Laces To Go Through – “Aglets” and “Eyelets”
What exactly are aglets and eyelets? The average person likely won’t have even the slightest idea, but you probably have them in your grasp multiple times a day. In fact, aglets and eyelets assist in the proper functioning of something we’re putting on even subconsciously: our shoes.
Eyelets are the holes that we push the laces through on our shoes, and aglets are those metallic or plastic tubes that are on the end of our laces. Without aglets, it’d be a lot more of a challenge to guide the laces through the eyelets. At the end of the day, what would a shoe be without these two?
15. Illegible Handwriting – “Griffonage”
We’ve all been there. Someone wrote us an important note and we could barely make out the person’s writing. Maybe it’s even a prescription from a doctor. We all know that physicians are notorious for having very bad handwriting. We’d often refer to this kind of handwriting as chicken scratch, or just plain illegible.
That said, there is a name for someone’s really bad handwriting and it’s called griffonage. While it sounds more like a term out of the Harry Potter series or Lord of the Rings, it is a word that has actually been in our dictionary for a very long time. We just can’t imagine the last time someone used it in a serious way.
16. When Your Stomach Growls – “Wamble”
You probably can’t name a person who hasn’t found themselves at some point in so much of a rush to get out of their house that they miss having breakfast. Seems like no big deal once they’re at the office, but by the time noon rolls around they’ll definitely feel that missing meal.
Your stomach will start making all these embarrassing noises, and you’ll literally feel the air rumbling under your shirt. It’s as if your tummy is begging for a bite to eat. There is a proper name for this feeling, and an adorable one at that: it’s called a wamble! Next time this happens, you can tell your workmate that your stomach is getting a case of the wambles.
17. The Sun Peeking Between Clouds – “Apricity”
We’ve all found ourselves in that brilliant moment that seems like it’s straight out of a scene in a National Geographic documentary. The clouds are heavy, the weather is cold, and the ground is wet. Then suddenly, the clouds part and the sun shines through to give us a little respite from the winter’s cold chill. It’s as if Mother Nature knew we needed a break.
Most of us probably don’t have a name for that beautiful experience, but it definitely has one. It’s actually called an apricity. For generations upon generations, people have had their breath taken away by the mere sight of an apricity showing up at just the right moment.
18. Words That Spell Other Words When Reversed – “Semordnilaps”
At one point or another, everyone has marveled over palindromes with a friend or family member. This is the phenomenon when sentences or phrases spelled backwards come out to the same exact thing. With that, few people ever really get the chance to get a kick out of semordnilaps. What’s that, you say?
A semordnilap is when a word spelled backwards means something completely different. For instance, if you take the word stressed and spell it backwards, you end up with desserts. The two fit together perfectly because, after all, who wouldn’t want to dig into some desserts when they’re stressed out? Another example of this is: when the word diaper is reversed, you get the word repaid.
19. The Five Sign On a Six-Sided Dice – “Quincunx”
Few would have any idea what a quincunx is upon hearing the name. Here’s a hint: Thomas Edison actually had the tattoo of a quincunx on his right forearm. If that hint doesn’t help you out, you’ve probably seen it multiple times while playing Monopoly, Backgammon, or Boggle.
A quincunx is actually the sign for five on a six-sided dice. While most of us have just been calling it a five for decades, it’s time for you to yell knowingly, “I’ve got a quincunx!” at your next game night. Although, on second thought, it’s probably better for you to just keep calling it a five.
20. Beautiful Front Lawn, Dirty Backyard – “Lawn Mullet”
We all have that one industrious neighbor on the block, the one that works night and day on their front lawn. If they aren’t mowing it, they are watering or hedging it. However, by contrast, when you take a glance at their backyard, it looks like a scene straight out of Mad Max.
You’ll see yellow patches of dried grass on a sea of dirt. Tonka trucks and other toys will be scattered about, and if there is a dog, it’ll only be worse. There is a name for backyards that are dirty in comparison to a front lawn. It’s what you would call a lawn mullet, and yes, it’s just as bad as the 1980s hairstyle.
21. The Swooshing Sound An Old-Fashioned Dress Makes – “Scroop”
If you were in an 1800s Victorian age ballroom or in an old Western saloon, you might hear the swooshing of those flouncy fabrics as some old timey music was jangling from a violin or piano. A scroop is the sound made when a fancy dress made from silk is moving around to the beat of some classical song.
Chances are, you won’t be hearing the magically-textured sound of a scroop at your local club next Friday. The scroop is for something on the more elegant side. Your great, great grandparents would have well recalled the sound of scroops swooshing wildly as folks were called upon the dance floor to groove to the greatest hits of their day.
22. Skin Flap On Turkeys – “Snood”
When it comes to cute species in the bird family, people usually go nuts for a parakeet or a common cockatiel. However, rarely does one ever go gaga over a turkey — that is, unless it’s on a platter on Thanksgiving. One of the reasons why people aren’t in a rush to hug a turkey is likely that horrific-looking snood.
When someone says the word “snood” you probably won’t know what they’re talking about, but you definitely know what a snood is. It’s that off-putting fleshy number that hangs from a turkey’s neck. They vary in size and droop, and while some snoods can be overlooked, they’re usually on the more extreme side.
23. Triangle At The Corner Of An Eye – “Caruncle”
While the name caruncle might not mean much to a person upon hearing it, it’s a part of the body that we often find ourselves in contact with. Whether it happens early in the morning to clear out the sleep, or in the middle of an allergy attack, we’ll often find ourselves digging a finger into it.
Many might just refer to it as an eye-triangle or the corner of our eye. The proper name for that little triangle at the end of our eye is a caruncle. So, the next time you have some crust building up, you can excuse yourself and tell people that you need to clean out your caruncle.
24. A Group of Crows – “A Murder”
When it comes to a single species of animal rolling down the block in a group, we usually have a cool name to describe them. You have a flock of sheep, a pack of wild dogs, a pride of lions hanging out on the safari, or a gaggle of geese getting territorial and antsy about their pond.
But did you ever realize that a group of crows gets its own special word? They are often described as a murder. Someone might look at them and say, “Look at that murder of crows coming this way.” It’s definitely the creepiest way of describing a bunch of animals.
25. People Who Go By One Name – “Mononymous”
What do Cher, Prince, Madonna, Bono, Sting, Adele, and Voltaire all have in common? Sure, they have all had a huge impact on the world — that goes without saying, but that isn’t what we’re talking about here. All of these figures are missing a family name.
While some of us go around with a first, last, and even middle name, these guys are only rocking a first name, and only the most ardent of fans knows their surname. Nowhere in the history books does it mention that these people go by anything else. This makes them mononymous, which is a term used for people who only go by a single name.
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