Everything that exists has a name. That's what language is all about. But there are lots of things with names so obscure that almost no one except dictionary editors knows them. Thus we have words like whatchamacallit, whatsis, thingamabob, thmgamajig and doohickey-those all-purpose words that mean "this little thing here whose name I have temporarily forgotten or maybe I never knew in the first place and I'll bet you don't either."
Here are 12 words I'll bet you never heard of-names of things that are all around you. Your job is to figure out what these things are and then substitute the definition number into the "coordinates" below.
- On the end of a shoelace is a little plastic tip. When it breaks, it’s tough to get the end of the lace through the hole in your shoe. What is the plastic tip called?
- When you dig a hole, you shovel the dirt up into a little pile on the ground next to the hole. What is the space between the pile of dirt and the edge of the hole called?
- On a dock is a little post, around which you wrap the rope that tethers your boat to the dock. It has the same name as the little posts outside the door of some supermarkets, posts that are spaced far enough apart to allow you to walk through but not wide enough to allow passage of a shopping cart. Can you name the posts?
- Look closely at a horseshoe and you'll see it has little thing that sticks out on the bottom so the horse that’s wearing it won't slip and break a leg. Do you know the word that identifies those things?
- If you're a pipe smoker, you know that there is half-smoked tobacco that you must clean out of the bottom of the bowl from time to time. Do you know its name?
- There’s a word for the decaying leaves and pine needles and weeds and stuff that’s found all over the ground in a forest. What is the word?
- When the dentist searches for cavities, he uses a certain instrument. Identify it.
- There’s a little metal thing that holds a lampshade on a lamp. You often have to fiddle with it when you change a burned-out bulb. What’s it called?
- You make a slit when you start to saw a piece of wood. As you keep sawing, the slit gets bigger and bigger until it disappears and you have two pieces of wood. What is the slit called?
- There’s an indentation in the bottom of many bottles. It’s supposed to add strength to the glass. It also makes the bottle look like it holds more than it really does. Can you identify the indentation?
- What do you call the thin end of a knife blade-the part that fits into the handle?
- Believe it or not, there’s a holder for a handleless coffee cup - you know those "sleves" that you put over the cup. Without one, people with handleless coffee cups might burn their hands. Can you name it?
The cache can be found at:
N 45 0[Zarf-Harp]. [Duff-Calk-Aglet][Kick+Bollard]
W093 [Explorer+Berm-Dottle-Calk][Harp+Aglet]. [Kerf-Bollard][Tang]
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