48 Things You Didn't Know Had Names

So that's what it's called!

1. The space between your eyebrows is a glabella.

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That name also refers to the bone underneath that space that connects your brow ridges.

2. The smell of rain is petrichor.

Do you love the smell of rain? That clean, greenish aroma when rain drops hit dry ground? That's petrichor from the Greek "Petra" meaning stone and "ichor" meaning the blood of the gods and goddesses. The term was coined by two Australian researchers in 1964 and really became a word in 2011 when it popped up in a Doctor Who episode.

3. The tingling sensation when your foot's asleep is paresthesia.

Pins and needles. Crawling skin. You knew it had to have a -thesia in it, and there are dozens of causes.

4. Dysania means having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning.

In my house, we call that Monday and also all other days.

5. Illegible handwriting is called Griffonage.

Take note, doctors.

6. The unreachable spot between your shoulder blades is your acnestis.

Next time you can't reach an itch, ask a loved one to scratch your acnestis and see what they say.

7. Words or phrases that read the same way forward and backward are palindromes.

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Like "Mom" or "Racecar" or "Taco Cat" or the sentence "Marge lets Norah see Sharons telegram." There are whole books of these bad boys.

8. But a Word that means one thing forward and another backward is a semordnilap.

Like "stressed" and "desserts." Other examples include diaper/repair, parts/strap and, of course, semordnilap itself.

9. silent letters are aphthongs.

Like in "knight" or "fight" or "Django." This might be something that you already "knew."

10. if you only clean up your front lawn you might have a lawn mullet.

Picture it. A neatly manicured front lawn and an overgrown mess in the back. You've got yourself a "lawn mullet." That's not really a word, but we're into it.

11. The person with your name who shows up in your google search results is your googleganger.

Try not to be too annoyed that there's someone more internet famous than you. Instead, reach out politely to potentially gain a super surreal pen pal.

12. The bits at the ends of shoelaces are called aglets.

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Fans of Phineas and Ferb (aka all human beings) already knew this.

13. the bit at the end of the pencil that holds the eraser is a ferrule.

It's not just for pencils. Ferrules are any thin bracelet that fastens or reinforces a tube or pole that might split.

14. when every move you can make in chess hurts you, you're in zugzwang.

Which by the way, sometimes also happens when you're playing Connect Four. And in real life.

15. Scroop is the swooshy sound ballgowns make.

More generally, its the sound produced by the movement of silk.

16. That thing you use to dot a lower case "i" is called a tittle.

Please stop laughing. This is serious.

17. the tiny plastic table protecting your pizza is a pizza saver.

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It was patented in 1983 by Carmela Vitale and has protected countless pizzas from being marred by sagging cardboard.

18. Kummerspeck is the excess weight you gain from emotional eating.

Its literal translation? Grief bacon.

19. The uncomfortable feeling you get from overindulging? Crapulous.

Though it sounds like a word invented by a middle-schooler in the 1990s, crapulous dates back to the 1530s when it was used to describe that gross nauseated feeling that you get from drinking too much.

20. The triangular bump on the inside corner of your eye is the caruncule.

It's just skin covering sweat glands, which is why it too can get itchy.

21. The fold of skin between your nose and upper lip is the philtrum.

It's also called the medial cleft, but it comes from the ancient Greek for "Love Charm." 

22. The technical term for the nape of your neck is the niddick.

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If you're keeping score, niddick has two tittles.

23. Obsessive nose-picking is called rhinotillexomania.

How much counts as "obsessive"?

24. Peladophobia is the fear of bald people.

It's also the fear of becoming bald, which means it's most frequently suffered by balding people who are turning into the thing they fear the most.

25. Pentheraphobia is the fear of your mother-in-law.

And soceraphobia is the fear of your father-in-law. 

26. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

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It's most likely related to pseudodysphagia, the fear of choking, so it's not as silly as it sounds. However, there's no known word for the fear of being forced to say "arachibutyrophobia" while peanut butter is stuck to the roof of your mouth.

27. Scandiknavery means deceit by scandinavians.

Like so many 20th century words, we have James Joyce to thank for that one. And of course, the deceitful Scandinavians.

28. The indent on the bottom of a wine bottle is called a punt.

As in, when it's fourth down with twenty yards to go, you should get a big bottle of wine.

29. An agraffe is the wire cage that keeps a cork in a bottle of champagne.

It's also called a muselet, which is apparently not a tiny muse.

30. Beer foam is called barm.

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It's a byproduct of the yeast hitting the buffet in your beer, and, yes, you can make really good bread from it.

31. Another name for a hangover is The Zings.

Encounter too many punts, agraffes, and barms in one night and you'll have the Zings or a peppy name for a hangover.

32. The cardboard sleeve around your coffee is a zarf.

Traditionally it's the decorative metal holder that comes around a lot of beverage-holders, but modern users have ported it over to the recyclable ring around your to-go coffee cup.

33. The string of symbols comic strips use for profanity is called a grawlix.

*#%* yeah it is!

34. A word that can be its own antonym is called a contronym.

For example, cleave can mean to sever or to cling. What's that? You need four more examples? I will provide some. Off means deactivated, as in to turn off, but it also means activated as in the alarm went off. Weather can mean to withstand or come safely through or it can mean to be worn away. If you seed your lawn, you add seeds but if you seed a tomato, you remove them. And left can mean either remaining or departed. Here's even more!

35. The warmth of the sun on a cold day is apricity.

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It's out of use, but the only thing it needs to come back into use is for people like us to use it.

36. A Book thief is a biblioklept.

But saying "book thief" saves you some time and syllables.

37. The five dot pattern found on dice is a quincunx.

Thomas Edison had the five dots tattooed on his left forearm.

38. vorfreude is the joy you feel thinking about good things that will happen.

You probably already know the meaning of schadenfreude. Vorfreude is its kinder, nicer cousin. Literally "pre-joy."

39. A person known by one name is mononymous.

Like Adele or Moby or Voltaire or Madonna. By the way, just for the record, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, Richard Melville Hall, Francois-Marie Arouet, and Madonna Louise Ciccone.

40. A group of ponies is called a string.

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This from James Lipton's delightful book An Exaltation of Larks

41. An assembly of ferrets is a business.

Do they mean busyness?

42. A group of jellyfish is a smack.

For some reason they aren't called a Zap.

43. It's a gam of whales.

A gam is also a pleasant conversation between whalers.

44. And a murder of crows.

They got the name in the 15th century because of their association with death. The term is also unfair, a bit outdated, and ornithologists use "flock" for any kind of bird grouping, including crows. Food for thought!

45. A group of ravens is an unkindness.

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People five hundred years ago were really not nice to crows and ravens.

46. Three or more goats is a trip.

You can also call them a herd or a tribe.

47. Many owls form a parliament.

Another playful name from the 15th century that some birders want to get away from.

48. A group of donkeys is not an ass-load.

It's a pass. A pass of asses

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6 Tasty Facts About Scrapple

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Love it or hate it, scrapple is a way of life—especially if you grew up in Pennsylvania or another Mid-Atlantic state like New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia. And this (typically) pork-filled pudding isn’t going anywhere. While its popularity in America dates back more than 150 years, the dish itself is believed to have originated in pre-Roman times. In celebration of National Scrapple Day, here’s everything you ever—or never—wanted to know about the dish.

1. Scrapple is typically made of pig parts. Lots and lots of pig parts.

Though every scrapple manufacturer has its own particular recipe, it all boils down to the same basic process—literally: boiling up a bunch of pig scraps (yes, the parts you don’t want to know are in there) to create a stock which is then mixed with cornmeal, flour, and a handful of spices to create a slurry. Once the consistency is right, chopped pig parts are added in and the mixture is turned into a loaf and baked.

As the dish has gained popularity, chefs have put their own unique spins on it, adding in different meats and spices to play with the flavor. New York City’s Ivan Ramen even cooked it up waffle-style.

2. People were eating scrapple long before it made its way to America.

People often think that the word scrapple derives from scraps, and it’s easy to understand why. But it’s actually an Americanized derivation of panhaskröppel, a German word meaning "slice of rabbit." Much like its modern-day counterpart, skröppel—which dates back to pre-Roman times—was a dish that was designed to make use of every part of its protein (in this case, a rabbit). It was brought to America in the 17th and 18th centuries by German colonists who settled in the Philadelphia area.

In 1863, the first mass-produced version of scrapple arrived via Habbersett, which is still making the product today. They haven’t tweaked the recipe much in the past 150-plus years, though they do offer a beef version as well.

3. If your scrapple is gray, you're a-ok.

A dull gray isn’t normally the most appetizing color you’d want in a meat product, but that’s the color a proper piece of scrapple should be. (It is typically pork bits, after all.)

4. Scrapple can be topped with all kinds of goodies.

Though there’s no rule that says you can’t enjoy a delicious piece of scrapple at any time of day, it’s considered a breakfast meat. As such, it’s often served with (or over) eggs but can be topped with all sorts of condiments; while some people stick with ketchup or jelly, others go wild with applesauce, mustard, maple syrup, and honey to make the most of the sweet-and-salty flavor combo. There’s also nothing wrong with being a scrapple purist and eating it as is.

5. Dogfish Head made a scrapple beer.

The master brewers at Delaware’s Dogfish Head have never been afraid to get experimental with their flavors. In 2014, they created a Beer for Breakfast Stout that was brewed with Rapa pork scrapple. A representative for the scrapple brand called the collaboration a "unique proposition." Indeed.

6. Delaware holds an annual scrapple festival each October.

Speaking of Delaware: It’s also home to the country’s oldest—and largest—annual scrapple festival. Originating in 1992, the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville, Delaware is a yearly celebration of all things pig parts, which includes events like a ladies skillet toss and a scrapple chunkin’ contest. More than 25,000 attendees make the trek annually.

11 Honorable Ways You Can Help Veterans

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This Veterans Day, make a difference in the lives of former military members. Just thanking a veteran can go a long way, but an act of kindness means even more. Here are 11 ways you can show vets that you appreciate the sacrifices they made.

1. Pick up the tab for a veteran's coffee or meal.

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The next time you see a veteran in a restaurant or standing in line for coffee, pick up the tab. You can do so anonymously if you would prefer, but even a quick "thank you for your service" would mean a lot to the veteran. You don't have to limit yourself to dinner or a latte—you could pay for a tank of gas, a prescription, or a cart of groceries.

2. Drive a veteran to a doctor's appointment.

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Many veterans, especially those who are infirm or disabled, have trouble making it to their doctor appointments. If you have a driver’s license, you can volunteer for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DAV) Transportation Network, a service provided by all 170 VA medical facilities. To help, contact the hospital service coordinator [PDF] at your local VA Hospital.

3. Train a service dog to help veterans.

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Service dogs aid veterans with mobile disabilities and post-traumatic stress disorder, helping them rediscover physical and emotional independence. It takes approximately two years and $33,000 to properly train one service dog, so donations and training volunteers are critical. Even if you aren't equipped to train a dog, some organizations need "weekend puppy raisers," which help service dogs learn how to socialize, play, and interact with different types of people.

There are several organizations that provide this service for veterans, including Patriot PAWS and Puppy Jake.

4. Replace one light bulb in your home with a green one.

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The Greenlight a Vet project is a simple way to remind yourself and others about the sacrifices veterans have made for our country, and to show your appreciation to them. Simply purchase a green bulb and place it somewhere in your home—a porch lamp is ideal since it's most visible to others. Over 9 million people across the nation have logged their green lights into the project's nationwide map so far.

5. Help sponsor an honor flight to veterans memorials.

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Many of the veterans who fought for our freedoms have never seen the national memorials honoring their efforts—and their fallen friends. Honor Flights helps send veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to Washington D.C. to see their monuments. You can help sponsor one of those flights.

6. Write a letter to thank a veteran.

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Operation Gratitude is an organization that coordinates care packages, gifts, and letters of thanks to veterans. You can work through them to send your appreciation to a vet, or volunteer to help assemble care packages. And, if you still have candy kicking around from Halloween, Operation Gratitude also mails sweets to deployed troops.

7. Volunteer at a VA hospital.

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Whatever your talents are, they'll certainly be utilized at a Veterans Administration Hospital. From working directly with patients to helping with recreational programs or even just providing companionship, your local VA Hospital would be thrilled to have a few hours of your time.

8. Get involved with a Veterans Assistance Program.

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There are veterans in your community that could use help—but how do you find them? Contact a local veterans assistance program, such as the one offered by DAV. They'll be able to put you in touch with local vets who need help doing chores like yard work, housework, grocery shopping, or running errands.

9. Help veterans with job training.

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Adjusting to civilian life after military service isn't always smooth sailing. Hire Heroes helps vets with interview skills, resumes, and training so they can find a post-military career. They even partner with various employers to host a job board. Through Hire Heroes, you can help veterans with mock interviews, career counseling, job searches, workshops, and more.

10. Help build a house for a veteran.

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Building Homes for Heroes builds or modifies homes to suit the needs of veterans injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. The houses are given mortgage-free to veterans and their families. You can volunteer your painting, carpentry, plumbing, wiring, and other skilled services—or you can just donate to the cause.

11. Volunteer for an "Operation Reveille" event for homeless veterans.

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The VA continually hosts Operation Reveille, a series of one- to three-day events that give much-needed supplies and services to homeless veterans. Vets can receive everything from food and clothing to health screenings, housing solutions, substance abuse treatment, and mental health counseling. They take place at various places across the nation all year long, so contact the representative in your state about when and how you can volunteer.

This story first ran in 2017.