Ignorance cannot be bliss all the time. Today when I was surfing the net, I came across a question which set my brain cells ticking! The question went thus, “What to call that groove above your lip?” And I found myself scratching my head! I wondered why it never occurred to me before. To satiate my inquisitiveness, I decided to Google it! (Who else!) And lo, I just tumbled on to an entire list which answered such seemingly simple questions for which no one had the answer!
To say the least, I was thrilled to learn the new words and was nodding all the way, because the questions were so familiar and related to our daily routine in some way or the other. At times, we tend to ignore the minute things, wherein lies the greatest details.
So here is the list from Webster dictionary for you to enjoy. I am sure you will be amazed!
Aglet : the tag covering the ends of a lace or point
Armsaye : the armhole in clothing.
Escutcheon: a protective or ornamental plate around a keyhole
Ferrule : the knob on the far end of an umbrella
Keeper : the loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle
Lemniscate : the infinity symbol (I learnt this in my Math books !)
Liripipe: the long tail on a graduate’s academic hood
Lunule : the whitish mark at the base of a fingernail
Minimus : the little finger or toe
Philtrum : that vertical groove above your lip
Punt : an indentation at the bottom of a molded glass bottle
Tittle : the dot over i or j (My English teacher never told me this ! )
Tongue: a movable pin in a buckle that passes through a hole in the strap to be secured
Vamp: the part of a shoe or boot that covers the front of the foot
That was some real enlightenment and I am glad I got to learn some new words, although i would never address a shoe as ‘vamp’ !