What is this? Things you never knew had names

Things you never knew, you didn't know

Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, “I wonder what that thing is called?” More than likely you have a few times, for things that you are sure you know the name of, but have forgotten. But what about all those things that are so common, and a part of everyday life, that we often never think twice about asking, “What’s that?”? Do those things have real names, or are the just categorized with a larger group or area that is covered by an umbrella name such as; leg?

Yes a leg is a leg, but it is more than being merely, just a leg. If you take a leg; you can also define each individual area of the leg by saying, calf, shin, knee, thigh and ankle. Very often we look at every day common objects and never stop to think, ‘What is that?’ or that these objects as a whole consist of unique, specific names that give meaning to sections or parts of an object.

What are some of these overlooked items with unknown names, you ask? Let us see if I can be so clever as to give you a bit of a surprising education today, and answer that unasked question, “What is that thing called?”

The Brannock Device can answer the question, What's Your Shoe Size?

Men's-Women's and Children's Metal Foot Measuring Thingy...
Men's-Women's and Children's Metal Foot Measuring Thingy... | Source

That Metal Thingy That You Use To See What Size Shoe You Wear

Let me start with the item that inspired this hub which I have often referred to as; “You know that cool medal foot measure thingy at the shoe store?”. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the cool medal foot thingy actually has a real name to go along with it. That thing at the shoe store that measures your foot’s length and width to give you a shoe size is called a Brannock Device, an item utilized my many women-but defined by so very few.

What don't you know about your body?

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The Human Eye Parts and The name behind an Eye Booger


Next is, “What is that pink ball looking thingy in the corner of our eyes where the eye boogers goop up when we sleep or are sick?”. If you have ever wondered, wonder no more, your answer is here. That pink tissue looking ball in the inner corner of your eyes is called caruncle.

Eye Boogers Exposed!

I bet you are asking now about those eye boogers, and if they are really called eye boogers. Well no, contrary to popular belief that crusty stuff is not technically called ‘Eye Boogers’, regardless of how many people know what we are talking about when we refer to it in this manner. The technical name for an eye booger is, Rheum, (pronounced like or r-oo-m).

Do you know what that area above the lip is called?

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The Human Body has some odd names for parts you never really thought much about.


Let us now continue with another part of the face, the mouth. We have our lips as well as our nose, but how about that vertical indention above our upper lip? That little groove that gives our face additional characteristics is called a Philtrum . Inside our mouth we have the Frenulum , the thin piece of flesh/tissue under the tongue, that’s function is to prevent us from swallowing our tongues and literally getting all choked up. {side note- The human body does have more than one Frenulum , and if you are a male you have more than two (boy parts). The one I have described here is the Lingual Frenulum (just so you know).}


Did you know that when a man has actual breasts, the phrase, ‘Man Boobs’ , is not the politically correct reference for the additional asset? I know, I know, I was shocked too, but in actuality, ‘Man Boobs ’ have a more proper term known as Gynecomasti , and I am more than sure if you have Gynecomasti , you probably do not want them and it really doesn’t matter what they are referred to as.

Your Nails Give Clues as to Your Health

A persons nails can give clues to hidden health problems. When in doubt-look at the condition of your nails?
A persons nails can give clues to hidden health problems. When in doubt-look at the condition of your nails?

Nail Issue Named By Science

A common issue experienced by many women, more so than men, known as Onychoschizia is the medical term for split nails, which is usually an effect of a Vitamin Deficiency and easily treated with supplements and proper diet.

Have you ever covered your eyes with your hands? If so, have you ever applied pressure and notice a glow or light? This light which you see when you apply pressure to closed eyes is called Phosphenes. Although causing Phosphenes does not create any damage to your eyes, it can create a headache that will have you self-medicating to ease your throbbing head, so lay off causing yourself to see glowing lights when your eyes are closed, I am sure there is something more beneficial you can be doing with your time.

Never thought to ask, What is that? To ever find out to know

A Punt of a Bottle... the bottom of this bottle...
A Punt of a Bottle... the bottom of this bottle...

We have all seen it, but what is that called?

I do believe that is enough fact having to do with the human body. Let us move on now towards more inanimate objects such as a glass bottle. A glass bottle has the neck, the base, the lip and the punt . The punt is the indentation of the bottom of molded glass.

An Aglet is the hardened ends of a shoelace that allow you to easily lace your shoes. An aglet is one of those things that you really don’t appreciate its purpose or the significance of its purpose until you are running late for work, attempting to lace a toddler’s shoes without an aglet holding together the ends. Such a simple thing, yet it matters so much to so many.

A Whisper from Above

Gods rays can bring light to a dark moment
Gods rays can bring light to a dark moment | Source

The Path That Should Not Be- But Is

Somethings in Nature You May Not Know

If you are someone who loves sunny days, where the sun breaks through the clouds creating a glow that makes the sky glisten , you might have heard the phrase; Gods Rays . Gods Rays scientific term is Crepuscular Rays defined as being the rays of sunshine that break through the clouds and glistening the world with light.

Have you ever taken a walk down a path that has been created by man, and when you get to a ‘Y’ in the path you notice that one of the paths is not paved, like the one that you have been traveling on? The unpaved, natural path has a name, and that name is a Desire Path . A desire path is created by natural means, for no other reason than it is the “shortest or most easily navigated” direction to travel, rather than the paved way. Why take the long way around the park, when it cuts your distance in half to go through the park?

What did you say to me?

There is no Cussing in Comic Books- Or is there?

Any comic book readers out there? I am not one for reading a comic book, although I do have a few. About ten years ago, a friend of mine purchased a Power Puff Girls comic book for me, saying that I reminded him of the Power Puff Girls, (don’t ask, because I don’t know why). I came across this Power Puff Adventure Comic Book while cleaning my office and briefly paused to flip through its pages. As I examined the story line, I noticed various squiggles and symbols, which obviously beeped out the cuss words. Have you ever wondered what those bleeped out cuss word symbols are called? I haven’t, at least not until that moment. After a few Google searches later, I learned that the squiggles and symbols in a comic book that are used to denote cuss words is referred to as quimp. Thank God for the Power Puff Girls , or I would never be privileged to this information or know that Quimp is a real word with real purpose and real meaning. The interesting thing about quimp, it is only for a Comic Book. If you are referring to a Cartoon the string of symbols is called a grawlix.

Information is Power

Well, that is about it for the time being. I hope I gave you some knowledge you did not have before reading this article. Perhaps the next time you find yourself engaged in boring conversation and need something random, yet intelligent to say, you can refer back to this hub to liven things up and feel confident enough to bring up an obscure body part or inanimate object that others are not able to name. After all, this is truly what small talk is all about.

Thank you for taking time out of your day to read my hub- I hope that you found the information both informative and entertaining.

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Techbook profile image

Techbook 5 years ago from India

I'm a commerce graduate but still was interesting to know some of the scientific terms of human parts.


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missolive 5 years ago from Texas

This was interesting - my dad was an optometrist so the eye terminology made me smile. I guess if we can't remember the name we can always refer to the ol' "thingamajiggy" or "whatchamacallit" ;)

Fun read - voted up and useful/interesting


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incomeguru 5 years ago from Lagos

Excellent hub. What an entertaining topic. Have learned a lot as well.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Nothing like some unique trivial gems to spruce up a dead dialogue.

You have made my philtrim quiver, my caruncles excrete and mouth to drop a vocal quimp, and then a full blown grawlix.

So my phalanges have grown weary and I can only add that I voted this hub up, useful, interesting and funny.


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

This was way cool with me. Some (very few) of the things I already knew; most were an education. Thanks!


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

Interesting, amazing and funny. you could simply provide the names that we never knew before but the way you write the hub made it worth learning them. thanks and voted up


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thebiologyofleah 5 years ago from Massachusetts

This was a fun to read and informative hub. Thanks!


jenubouka 5 years ago

Great Ah-Ah's here, I now can have intelligent subject matter to talk about!!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Techbook - thanks for your comment and for reading the hub :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

missolive -glad i could give you something interesting and relate able to read :) Thanks for commenting and for reading- i never realized just how much stuff isn't known-that i would assume i would know :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

incomeguru-thankd for reading and for leaving some feedback, I appreciate it. I am glad that you enjoyed what you read and learned a little something new :)


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

What an interesting thing to write about. Lots of small talk ammunition for sure. :)

It was really interesting. Will there be a what is this? 2?


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

randslam, lol- GREAT! So glad you liked the hub! Thanks for all the marks- I appreciate the feedback and you taking the time to not only read the article but to leave such a thought out response to it!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7- THANKS! It isn't often that I feel like I can write an article that can actually educate people (specially on hubpages, being that this community of writers are well educated with words and the world. I am glad I could give you some new content and information :) Thanks, as always for your feedback-


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

icciev-

I thought about simply listing all the words and matching them each with a picture of explanation, but then figured that would be somewhat of a bore and waste of a great commentary. I wanted to have a little fun with this, I always remember thing better when I can learn them in a different and unique way. I figured, a bit of a giggle never hurt anyone and may help the new vocabulary stick better in the readers minds :) Thanks for commenting, I am glad that you enjoyed the hub :)


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

thebiologyofleah,

and thank you so much for reading and for commenting. I am happy that you liked it!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

jenubouka - new subject matter to bring up is always a good thing. People will either think you are brilliant or insane...either which way, it is doubtful they will know some of these words :) Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoyed the read!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

homesteadbound- lol...probably, eventually. When I can think of enough things and find the answers to, What is that? :) I enjoy, writing things, such as this, so who knows-perhaps a What is that 2 will be in the near future :) Thanks for your comment and for taking your time tonight to read my work. I appreciate the comment!


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icciev 5 years ago from Kuwait

And you indeed were successful, never could be written better than this.


jenubouka 5 years ago

Well guilty as insane, now I will be intelligently insane,.


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

icciev- well thanks for the compliment. it is nice to receive such a comment-very motivational!


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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

jenubouka- i am right there with you :) intelligence and insanity always has a way of keeping others guessing :)


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ACV 4 years ago from Philippines

H.C. Porter this is awesome.Another new words I know.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ACV- thanks for the comment, I am so glad you found my work :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

This is entertaining and informative- I always love new words and write about etymology... it was nice to stumble upon a hub where I could learn several more new ones! Thank you for this. awesome.


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Docmo- thanks for the comment- I love new words.. the more we know the more power we have.


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TicksProfessional 4 years ago from Lucknow India

Loved reading the hub!


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H.C Porter 4 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks you ticksprofessional- I appreciate the feedback

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