Things You Thought You Knew #8: Can You Name Any of These Everyday Things?

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!

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Numero Uno: What’s it called when people stand like this, with their arms bowed out and their hands on their hips?

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Number Two: What are the light rays called that come out from the sky due to cloud formations like the one above?

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Number Three: We’ve all seen these metal thingies on a pencil. But what are they called?

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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?

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Number Five: What’s the name for the colors and spots you see when you rub your eyes?

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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.”

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Number Seven: The nice smell after it rains has a name too. Any guesses?

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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.

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Number Nine: The space between your thumb and pointer finger is called what again?

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Number Ten: What’s it called when you hear the lyrics wrong?

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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!

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