48 Names for Things You Didn't Know Had Names

Loving this roundup of little-known words from Mental Floss's John Green. Tons of strange terms and designations in this collection, from the scientific to the anatomical to the socio-cultural.


Some highlights:

Petrichor – that amazing rain smell
• Gam – the collective noun used to describe whales (but what do you call a group of whale sharks?)
• Caruncula – the small, triangular bump on the inside corner of each eye. (Not be confused with your plica semilunaris – what some believe to be a vestigial remnant of a third eyelid.)


[Via Mental Floss]


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What should be the collective noun for a group of IO9 commenters? A fuss of commenters? A cry of commenters? A cloud? A sleuth? A clutter? A zeal? A mob? A scurry? A marvel? An understatement?

(I kind of like understatement.)