What You Thought You Knew: …You thought you knew the words for all these things? How many do you actually know? Answers at the bottom — test yourself!
Numero Uno: What’s it called when people stand like this, with their arms bowed out and their hands on their hips?
Number Two: What are the light rays called that come out from the sky due to cloud formations like the one above?
Number Three: We’ve all seen these metal thingies on a pencil. But what are they called?
Number Four: What’s it called when you say a word so many times that it sounds weird and doesn’t sound like it means anything any more?
Number Five: What’s the name for the colors and spots you see when you rub your eyes?
Number Six: This thingy…you know, where your arm-hole is in your clothes? What’s the real name? I bet designers don’t call it an “arm-hole.”
Number Seven: The nice smell after it rains has a name too. Any guesses?
Number Eight: You knew this was coming, because virtually no one knows what the plastic or metal casings on the ends of shoelaces are called.
Number Nine: The space between your thumb and pointer finger is called what again?
Number Ten: What’s it called when you hear the lyrics wrong?
1: Standing like that is called AKIMBO or ARMS AKIMBO
2: Those rays of sunlight are called CREPUSCULAR RAYS
3: The metal part of a pencil is called a FERRULE
4: When you repeat words so much that they lose meaning, you’ve engaged in SEMANTIC SATIATION
5: The pretty colors you see when you rub your eyes are PHOSPHENES
6: The arm-hole of a piece of clothing is the ARMSCYE
7: The pleasant smell of rain is called PETRICHOR
8: That weird piece of plastic on your shoelaces is an AGLET
9: The space between your thumb and first finger is your PURLICUE
10: When lyrics are misheard, it’s called MONDEGREEN
Now You Know: A few new words!