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Thursday Thirteen # 24 - 13 weird & wonderful names for things


As a self-professed word-nerd, I have a large repository of weird and wonderful words I’ve been collecting over the years. For this week’s Thursday Thirteen, I bring you 13 (unusual) names for things found on Canongate.

How many of these were you familiar with?


1. AGLET - The covering on the end of a shoelace.

2. ARMSAYE - The armhole in clothing.

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

4. FEAT - A dangling curl of hair.

5. FERRULE - The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

6. HARP - The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

10. and QUIMP - Various squiggles used to denote profanity in comics.

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

12. MINIMUS - The little finger or toe.

13. SCROOP - The rustle of silk.

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Wow...I'm a total word nerd as well and I didn't know any, although the shoelace thing sounded familiar.

I LOVE the comic squiggle words. I had no idea!

This is a fabulous list - I, too, am a "word nerd."

interesting.... happy TT!

I only knew Harp!

That was quite a list--Happy TT!!

Wow, great list! I didn't know any of these words, but then I've got a good excuse: I'm not a native speaker. *g*

Happy TT13!

I'm not saying how many words I was familiar with on the grounds I'm going to sound slightly mentally challenged. Happy TT!

minimus LOL! I don't know why I find that funny, but I do!

What a fantastic list! Very educational, too! Happy TT!

Now I want to have 4 Pugs named Jarns, Nittles, Grawlix, and Quimp.

Happy TT!

i only about 5... :O

Um, I knew four of the words. But great list. I love words too, and I'm checking out that link.

I didn't know nine of these. OMG, I am reading my dictionary all day today. LOL! =) Loved your post, as I always do, XINE. Happy TTing!

Cool list, I love the words for the squiggles in comics. Happy TT.

I learned some new words today. :)

this is a great tt!!!

smiles, bee

What a great list... you might like http://wordimperfect.blogspot.com/

They post a word and people get to make up meanings...

terrific list and thanks for the link, too! My daughter will love this! She's always trying to find out names for weird stuff.
Love, love, love the aquarium and the idea! Wish I had thought of that years ago when trying to get my kids to sleep. I think ya should add some weird rabbit ears, tho!
Thanks for stopping by my site...have a great weekend!

I've heard some of these before; it's nice to hear a confirmation of them 'cause I didn't believe some of them the first time!

Happy TT, babe. Glad you're playing along again.

Hey have you ever played Balderdash? These definitions would be great for that game.

Who would have thought that the expletives had a name in the comics!

i didn't know a single one of these. you are now my secret weapon to use against Rhet when he starts slinging those 7 syllable words around. grin! I love the word Quimp!

Those are great! I wonder if I can fit any of them into my daily conversations.

I have never heard any of these. Sadly, I'm not even a big reader of comics, so I don't even know what a squiggle is, but I love the word anyway. ;o)
Great list.

Now that's an educational list. Thanks.

I think I've heard of a few of those - the belt one just plain makes sense.

Happy TT13 :-)

Sadly, I did only know 2 words of your list!!!

Thanks for the interesting TT!!!

Where did you get this stuff?? lol...great info and things i didnt know. Happy TT.

Words! I love words. I had heard "aglet" but not any of the others. And oh, I just love the word "scroop" to describe the rustle of silk!

Happy T13, my friend! Sending hugs, and I hope you are doing well. :)