These words might be useful to hardcore scrabble players or probably just impress the chicks at parties on how many words you know.
1. AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.
2. ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.
3. CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.
4. COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.
5. DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.
6. FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.
7. FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.
8. HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.
9. HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)
10. GRAWLIX – A spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips;
11. QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.
12. KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.
13. KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.
14. LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.
15. MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.
16. NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.
17. OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is ‘asleep’.
18. 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.
19. OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.
20. PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.
21. 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.
22. PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.
23. RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.
24. ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.
25. SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.
26. SCROOP – The rustle of silk.
27. SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.
28. SPRAINTS – Otter dung.
29. TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.
30. WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.
31. ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.
Let me practise – “I’ve never seen any spraints in my life before” :))
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