Leilani

By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

20 English Words You Didn’t Know About, I Always Wanted A Word For #3.

Growing up in Guam, Spain, and Southeastern San Diego, I was exposed to a multitude of languages early on. In my own household, my family speaks Tagalog and Ilocano in addition to English. It should come as no surprise that I had a predilection for learning new languages - or at least finding out how to say certain words (you can probably guess which ones).

With my interest in languages came a desire to travel. I recently returned to the U.S. after living abroad for two years. Although I was able to improve upon my Japanese speaking abilities - my daily life depended on it - my English has gotten a bit rusty.

And so, I've developed a renewed fascination in the English language. In my studies, I've learned and relearned many words and phrases. It's been extremely satisfying to be able to find the perfect word or phrase, and say exactly what I mean.

Scroll down for a list of 20 names for everyday things. They'll be useful just in case you ever want to really hit the nail on the head.

#1. An 'aglet' is the reinforcement at the end of your shoelace.

#2. An 'armscye,' also called an armhole, is where a sleeve connects to a garment.

#3. 'Burrs,' sometimes seen as bur, are those annoying spiky seed pods that get caught on your clothing.

#4. The vertical groove on the median line of your upper lip, or up to the nose in this case, is called a 'philtrum.'

#5. A 'dewclaw' is a vestigial digit that doesn't touch the ground.

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