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The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.

CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.

COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.

FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.

FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

JARNS, NITTLES, GRAWLIX,
and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.

KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.

MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.

NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.

OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is `asleep’.

OCTOTHORPE – The symbol `#’ on a telephone handset. Bell Labs’ engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

PHOSPHENES – The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.

PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.

ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.

SCROOP – The rustle of silk.

SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

SPRAINTS – Otter dung.

TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.

WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.

ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup

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