Friday Fun Link – Ten Whatchamacallits and Their Real Names (April 18, 2008)

How many of the following do you know?

Aglet. 
Bollard. 
Dingbat. 
Ferrule. 
Keeper. 
Kerf.  Punt (or kick). 
Philtrum. 
Phosphenes. 
Tragus.


I knew exactly one and somewhat unsurprisingly, it was “dingbat”.   (As an aside, there is a book called “The Joy of Lex” that was one of my absolute favourites as a kid.  If you're a fan of words and language and linguistics, I highly recommend it and it's sequel, “More Joy of Lex”)

Ten Whatchamacallits And Their Real Names – The List Universe

[Edit: I can't believe I used the wrong “its” in that last line, especially in a post about language!  I know the rules for (most of) the typical grammar mistakes – honest – but frequently find that my brain and hands don't always keep up to each other when typing.]

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