Some useful words

July 25, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

British author Adam Jacot de Boinod fell in love with odd words after discovering that Albanians have 27 different terms for the eyebrow.

In his new book I Never Knew There Was A Word For That, the ex researcher for TV panel game QI has uncovered words used through history to define hard-to-describe body parts and their functions

POGONION: The bit in the middle of your chin that most sticks out.

PHILTRUM: The groove below your nose and above your mouth.

GLABELLA: The gap between your eyebrows.

CANTHUS: Corner of the eye where the upper and lower lids meet.

FIPPLE: The lower lip.

JOBLOCKS: Fleshy hanging cheeks (on your face!)

SIMOUS: A flat or turned up nose.

WIKINS: The corners of the mouth.

MIMPING: To speak in a prissy manner.

BORBORYGMUS: The rumbling sounds made by the tummy.

CALLIPYGIAN: Ancient Greek word for a shapely bum.

COKE-BOTTLE SHOULDERS: The shoulders of someone who takes no responsibility.

QUOBLED: Hands that are shrivelled and wrinkled from doing too much washing-up.

BANANA FOLD: The fat line below the buttocks.

LIK-POT: The forefinger of the right hand.

PROGNATHOUS: To have a big jaw that juts forward.

BUFFALO HUMP: Lump of fat between the shoulder blades at the base of the neck.

COCKTHROPPLED: Having an unusually large Adam’s apple.

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Monkeys monkeying around: “Accused of injuring old ladies and stealing cellphones, a gang of monkeys has been bullying residents of a Mumbai suburb for the past three months. Gunavanti Vora, an 87-year-old resident of Vile Parle, a village on the outskirts of India’s largest city, was shooing one of the perpetrators away from her window one afternoon, The Times of India reported, when the animal, attempting to steal a biscuit, knocked her down and left her with a fractured leg. In a similar incident reported by the Times, a monkey broke an old woman’s hand while trying to steal the prasad – a religious food offering – she carried home from temple. And the monkeys are not just snatching food…. the monkey took my mobile and jumped out of the window. I called up my number. Alarmed by the vibrating mobile, the monkey dropped it on the terrace of the first floor.” Locals have accused the authorities of failing to tackle the ongoing monkey mayhem.”

U.S. withdraws ‘pain ray’ from Afghan war zone: “A ‘pain ray’ that blasts the enemy with unbearable heat waves hasbeen pulled out of Afghanistan by the US military. The Active Denial System (ADS), which cost about £42 million to develop, was on the brink of being deployed to disperse members of the Taliban as they attacked US forces. The weapon, which causes immense pain to subjects but no lasting physical damage, was pulled from the war zone last week but US army chiefs in Afghanistan have stayed silent about the reason for the U-turn. The ADS, which has been in development for almost 20 years, works by firing a beam of high-frequency waves at the speed of light. The beam can cover a person’s entire body, causing agonising pain as it heats water and fat molecules beneath the skin’s surface. The beam can hit someone up to a third of a mile away, and they are only relieved of the pain when they move out of the way.”

India: Census groups housewives with prostitutes, beggars: “India’s Supreme Court criticised the country’s Census for grouping housewives with prostitutes, beggars and prisoners in the survey’s “economically non-productive” category, The Times of India reported overnight. The censure came as two justices agreed to increase the compensation awarded to a man whose wife died in an accident. “This bias is shockingly prevalent in the work of Census,” Justice A K Ganguly said. “In the Census of 2001, it appears that those who are doing household duties like cooking, cleaning of utensils, looking after children, fetching water, collecting firewood have been categorised as non-workers and equated with beggars, prostitutes and prisoners who, according to Census, are not engaged in economically productive work.” The court said that a wife’s management of household affairs and her care for her children cannot be compared with other professions.”

Homes worth more on a street than on a road: “Addresses containing the word “street” are worth $100,000 more than those ending in “road”. But people who live in avenues, esplanades or parades are doing as much as $400,000 better. Analysis of NSW [Australia] home values based on thoroughfare types has shown the average price of a house on a street is $516,000, compared with $409,000 for a dwelling on a road. Boulevards, avenues and esplanades have average prices hitting $511,000, $649,000 and $809,000 respectively, while those on a parade come in at an average of $641,000. “Gardens” is the most often used high-value name, with just 54 in NSW carrying an average value of $1.18 million.”

Miraculous escape for driver as car falls 20ft into sinkhole: “Lance Treankler was driving his black Cadillac Escalade during torrential rains in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, yesterday, when the road opened up beneath him. ‘The road just went out from under me,’ Mr Treankler said. ‘When I landed, my head snapped back. I went unconscious for a few seconds. ‘When I looked up, I saw water run over me.’ Mr Treankler was rescued by a passer-by, 46-year-old Mark Pawlik, who was walking along when he saw the vehicle disappear and a traffic light land on its roof. The 20-foot-deep, 40-foot-wide sinkhole formed when a manhole collapsed, and will require several weeks to repair, a city spokesman said.”

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