80 Interesting English Words You Probably Didn't Know Exist

  • Have you ever wished you could just think of exactly the right word for what you are trying to explain instead of having to say that whole long statement?

    Well, English tends to be a strange language sometimes with many unusual words which many of us don't even know exist.

    Have a look at these English words and impress your friends with your knowledge:

    1.    The space between your eyebrows is called a glabella.

    2.    The way it smells after the rain is called petrichor.

    3.    The prongs on a fork are called tines.

    4.    The rumbling of stomach is actually called a wamble.

    5.    The cry of a newborn baby is called a vagitus.

    6.    Your tiny toe or finger is called minimus.

    7.    The day after tomorrow is called overmorrow.

    8.    The plastic or metallic coating at the end of your shoelaces is called an aglet.

    9.    The sheen or light that you see when you close your eyes and press your hands on them is called phosphenes.

    10.    The tiny plastic table placed in the middle of a pizza box is called a box tent.   

    11.    The wired cage that holds the cork in a bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.

    12.    The ‘na na na’ and ‘la la la’, which don’t really have any meaning in the lyrics of any song, are called vocables.

    13.    When you combine an exclamation mark with a question mark (like this ?!), it is referred to as an interrobang.

    14.    The space between your nostrils is called columella nasi.

    15.    The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves are sewn, is called armscye.

    16.    The condition of finding it difficult to get out of the bed in the morning is called dysania.

    17.    Unreadable handwriting is called griffonage.

    18.    The dot over an “i” or a “j” is called tittle.

    19.    That utterly sick feeling you get after eating or drinking too much is called crapulence.

    20.    The metallic device used to measure your feet at the shoe store is called Bannock device.

    21.    Someone who never laughs (especially at jokes) is called an agelast or a mirthless person.

    22.    A term for the string of symbols that refers to profanity usually in tv shows or in writing (#*!#@) is called a grawlix.

    23.    A gender-neutral way of saying niece or nephew is called nibling.

    24.    When a catchy song gets stuck in your head its called an earworm.

    25.    A holder for a coffee cup is called a zarf.

    26.    A cat lover is called an ailurophile.

    27.    An Illegible handwriting (a stereotypical doctors handwriting) is called a griffonage.

    28.    Someone who overuses fowl language and can't seem to stop is called a coprolalomaniac.

    29.    The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own is called sonder.

    30.    Laughing noisily is known as to cachinate.

    31.    A  person who is thick-lipped is called a labrose.

    32.    To feed a child is called to fample.

    33.    A sneaky or mean person is called a sneckdraw.

    34.    A completely useless person is called a wallygrag.

    35.    A person who bites his or her nails is called a onygophagist.

    36.    A bald-headed man is called a pilgarlic.

    37.    The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair is called pogonotrophy.

    38.    The tip of the middle finger id called a dactylion.

    39.    The triangular, pink areas at the corner of your eyes is called a caruncle.

    40.    Laying a bottle on its side for some time so that it may be completely drained of the few drops remaining is called duffifying.

    41.    Something that is both painful and pleasurable is algedonic.

    42.    The abnormal sensation, typically tingling or pricking feeling when your limb “falls asleep” is called parasthesia.

    43.    Having well-shaped buttocks is called callipygian.

    44.    To have a large butt is called Steatopygic.

    45.    The lines on the inside of your wrist is called rasceta.

    46.    A person who believes that it is possible, through meditation, to reach a level of consciousness where one can exist on air alone is called a breatharian.

    47.    The practice of eating insects by humans is called entomophagy.

    48.    To waste time or busy oneself aimlessly is called to futz.

    49.    A gangster, especially a member of a Mafia family is called a goodfella.

    50.    Using only one or two fingers on a computer keyboard is known as to hunt-and-peck.

    51.    To try to deceive (someone), especially with flattery or untruths is called to mamaguy.

    52.    The hatred of marriage is called misogamy.

    53.    A person who begins to learn or study late in life is called an opsimath.

    54.    The practice of being present at one's place of work for more hours than is required, especially as a manifestation of insecurity about one's job is called presenteeism.

    55.    The fear of death  is called thanatophobia.

    56.    The fear of dead bodies is called necrophobia.

    57.    The fear of ideas is called ideophobia.

    58.    The fear of men is called androphobia.

    59.    The fear of the pope is called papaphobia.

    60.    The fear of thinking is called phronemophobia.

    61.    The fear of vomiting is called emetophobia.

    62.    If something is too great to be expressed in words its called ineffable.

    63.    Producing a display of rainbowlike colours is called Iridescent.

    64.    The part of the back (or backbone) between the shoulder blades and the loins which an you cannot reach to scratch is called acnestis.

    65.    The boldness or courage resulting from alcoholic drink is called pot-valor.

    66.    Umami. the meaty taste. a category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter)

    67.    Cutting a word in two and sticking another word in the middle  and the other word is usually a swear is called tmesis. As in "aubama-bloodclaat-yang" instead of Aubameyang. A nickname given to the Arsenal footballer Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

    68.    Someone who gives opinions on something beyond his or her knowledge is called an ultracrepidarian.

    69.    A lover of wine is called oenophile.

    70.    A person who claims to speak with divine inspiration or who behaves as if inspired is called an aeolist.

    71.    A person who talks at great length without making much sense is called a blatherskite.

    72.    The rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines is called borborygmus.

    73.    A person's big toe is called a hallux.

    74.    Admiration of a particular part of someone’s body is called agastopia.

    75.    The day before yesterday is called nudiustertian. 

    76.    Tending to spray saliva when speaking is called sialoquent.

    77.    A politician who does or says things for their own personal advancement instead of following their own principles is called a snollygoster.

    78.    Someone who doesn’t say much or who, when giving a speech, gives a very short one is called a pauciloquent.

    79.    The opposite of pauciloquent is a bloviate.It refers to people who talk for a long period of time or who inflate their story to make themselves sound better. This also refers to someone whose words are empty and have no meaning.

    80.    Nincompoop refers to a person who is silly, foolish, or just downright stupid.