And He Named Them Great And Small

To name is to give power. God had Adam name the animals — It is important to have a name — a definition — a reputation. A name gives one a place in the order of things for good or ill.

When I was a teenager my father said to me, “We have a good name in this community, we keep our word, we tell the truth, we pay our bills. To be a Sewell in this community means that you have integrity. It is a good name and I expect that you will leave it in as good a condition as you found it.” I never forgot that.

We have power in our naming of each other and ourselves and we must be aware of what we convey when we name for everything has a name even those things we think too insignificant to be named.  JWS


Names of Things You Never Knew had Names

1.    AGLET – The plain or ornamental covering on the end of a shoelace.

2.    ARMSAYE – The armhole in clothing.

3.    CHANKING – Spat-out food, such as rinds or pits.

4.    COLUMELLA NASI – The bottom part of the nose between the nostrils.

5.    DRAGÉES – Small beadlike pieces of candy, usually silver-coloured, used for decorating cookies, cakes and sundaes.

6.    FEAT – A dangling curl of hair.

7.    FERRULE – The metal band on a pencil that holds the eraser in place.

8.    HARP – The small metal hoop that supports a lampshade.

9.    HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER – A 64th note. (A 32nd is a demisemiquaver, and a 16th note is a semiquaver.)

10.                       JARNS,

11.                       NITTLES,

12.                       GRAWLIX,

13.                       and QUIMP – Various squiggles used to denote cussing in comic books.

14.                       KEEPER – The loop on a belt that keeps the end in place after it has passed through the buckle.

15.                       KICK or PUNT – The indentation at the bottom of some wine bottles. It gives added strength to the bottle but lessens its holding capacity.

16.                       LIRIPIPE – The long tail on a graduate’s academic hood.

17.                       MINIMUS – The little finger or toe.

18.                       NEF – An ornamental stand in the shape of a ship.

19.                       OBDORMITION – The numbness caused by pressure on a nerve; when a limb is `asleep’.

20.                       OCTOTHORPE – The symbol `#’ on a telephone handset. Bell Labs’ engineer Don Macpherson created the word in the 1960s by combining octo-, as in eight, with the name of one of his favourite athletes, 1912 Olympic decathlon champion Jim Thorpe.

21.                       OPHRYON – The space between the eyebrows on a line with the top of the eye sockets.

22.                       PEEN – The end of a hammer head opposite the striking face.

23.                       PHOSPHENES – The lights you see when you close your eyes hard. Technically the luminous impressions are due to the excitation of the retina caused by pressure on the eyeball.

24.                       PURLICUE – The space between the thumb and extended forefinger.

25.                       RASCETA – Creases on the inside of the wrist.

26.                       ROWEL – The revolving star on the back of a cowboy’s spurs.

27.                       SADDLE – The rounded part on the top of a matchbook.

28.                       SCROOP – The rustle of silk.

29.                       SNORKEL BOX – A mailbox with a protruding receiver to allow people to deposit mail without leaving their cars.

30.                       SPRAINTS – Otter dung.

31.                       TANG – The projecting prong on a tool or instrument.

32.                       WAMBLE – Stomach rumbling.

33.                       ZARF – A holder for a handleless coffee cup.