16 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

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Feat:A dangling curl of hair.

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Ferrule: The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

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Harp: The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

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Keeper: The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

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Kick or Punt: The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

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Liripipe: The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.

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Ophryon: The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

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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.

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Obdormition: The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is ‘asleep’.

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Peen: The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

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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.

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Rowel: The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

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Purlicue: The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

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Zarf: A holder for a handleless coffee cup.

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Wamble: Stomach rumbling.

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Snorkel box: A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.