In our everyday lives, we use just a small part of our languages’ vocabularies. This is understandable as words go out of use, and we don’t use scientific names for things or words that are used by a specific group of people, like professional terminology. Sometimes we don’t even realize that some things have names at all or that they could have a specific name because we’re used to referring to that thing by describing it.
Not a lot of us spend our time reading through dictionaries, but if we did, we could find some really interesting words, like how would you call the day after tomorrow or the struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Bored Panda gathered a list of things that you may not have known had a name in English, so enjoy it, as broadening your vocabulary is always fun. Don’t forget to upvote the words that you liked the most and comment down below how many of these you already knew!
The phenomenon of repeating a word and temporarily losing its meaning is called semantic satiation.
A series of typographical symbols, such as $#!, used in text as a replacement for profanity is called a grawlix.
A word that means one thing forward and another backward is called semordnilap, for example, desserts and stressed.
A path that is created in the grass by people walking on it because it is the shortest way is called desire line.
A letter or a combination of letters used in spelling the word but not pronounced is called an aphthong like “gh” in “knight” or in “fight.”
A word or a phrase that is used mistakenly but in a plausible way for another word or phrase is called eggcorn.
A word or a phrase that reads the same way forward as it does backward is called a palindrome, for exmple, radar, level, madam.
The smalls strips of wood, plastic or metal in between separate panes of glass on a window are called muntins.
The chart you look at while taking an eye exam is called the Snellen chart.