Sunday, October 02, 2011

On the Tip of Our Tongue

BY Nancy G. Janiola IN , No comments

It's on the tip of our tongue sometimes... "What it is called again?" Remembering those out-of-the usual thing is not always easy but to refresh your memory, here's what it is called.

Mid-men, the male versions of mid-wives, are called accouchers.

The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

Ducks are never male. The males of the species are called drakes.

The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.

The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.

A melody is a group of notes in a certain order that results in a sweet or agreeable sound. An easily remembered melody is called a tune.

Compulsive shopping is clinically known as oniomania. While shopaholics are the people who do not suffer from chrematophobia, which is the fear of touching money.

Someone who habitually picks their nose is called a rhinotillexomaniac.

A building in which silence is enforced, like a library or school room, is referred to as a silentium.

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