- Ever wanted to point something out, but didn’t know what it was called? Here’s some vocabulary that will help you out
- What do you call the little dip above your top lip, or the paper sleeve on your Starbucks coffee cup?
Do you ever find yourself talking about something very common, but not knowing what it’s called in English? Don’t worry - that happens even to people who only speak that one language!
There are some words that even native speakers never remember - or don’t even know. But if you can remember them, you’ll be pretty impressive.
Here are the official words for some things you might want to talk about - and now you know how.
- The bony bit on your ear in front of the ear hole: tragus [TRAY-gus]
- A drop of mucus hanging from someone’s nose: meldrop
- The little pocket on jeans: watch pocket or coin pocket
- The little flat meta disc on jeans: rivet
- The small, round bit of paper that you remove with a hole punch: chad
- The paper sleeve that goes around a hot cup of takeaway coffee or tea: zarf
- The dip above your top lip: philtrum [FIL-trum]
- The area between your eyebrows: glabella [gluh-BEL-ah]
- The skin between your nostrils: septum [SEP-tum]
- The corners of your eyes where the upper and lower eyelids meet: canthus
- The gunk that gathers in your canthus when you wake up: rheum [room]
- The # symbol/hashtag : octothorpe
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- The punctuation mark “?!”: interrobang
- The & symbol: ampersand
- The ÷ symbol : obelus [OB-uh-lus]
- The * symbol: asterisk
- A period of two weeks: fortnight
- The item before the last one in a list: penultimate
- The strange feeling that you’ve already experienced what is happening now: déjà vu [day-ja voo]