Have you ever referred to something as a thingy, a doohickey, or a thingamabob? I have. But recently I’ve began to wonder. What is it called? I mean it must be called something. And that lead me to another question. How many English words are there? Well, according to an estimate made by the global language monitor there are roughly, 1,025,109.8 words in the English language. Wow! That is a lot of words. So many words that I bet a lot of them never even get used!
So today I am poking through the dusty shelves of the English language to unearth a few of these rarely used gems. Below is a list of unusual words that describe everyday things.
- Glabella: The space between your eyebrows.
- Phosphenes: the lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them.
- Nurdle: a tiny dab of toothpaste
- Overmorrow: the day after tomorrow.
- Ferrule: The metal part of a pencil.
- Collywobbles: butterflies in your stomach.
- Vocable: Those na na nas and la la las in the lyrics of a song that sound good but have no meaning.
- Griffonage: unreadable handwriting. (In other words the scribbles that adorn my notebooks!)
- Zarf: The cardboard sleeve on a coffee cup.
- Scurryfunge: The time you spend running around cleaning frantically right before company comes over.
So next time you come across that nurdle, or stop to stroke your glabella. Don’t call it a thingy, remember, it has a name too so use it!
Do you use any of these words? Do you know of any other unusual words for every day things? I would love to hear about them in the comments!