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A Book Reveals Words Used Through History to Define 'Tough-to-Describe' Body Parts

by Savitha C Muppala on July 26, 2010 at 9:15 PM
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 A Book Reveals Words Used Through History to Define 'Tough-to-Describe' Body Parts

A British author has published a book about words used through history to describe tough-to-describe body parts and their functions.

Adam Jacot de Boinod, an ex researcher for TV panel game QI, wrote the book 'I Never Knew There Was A Word For That', which has been published by Penguin and costs 12.99 pounds, after discovering the words.


Boinod discovered that a person who collects teddy bears is known as an 'arctophile', and that the act of pretending to be busy is termed as 'boondoggling', the Sun reported.

'Crepitation' is said to describe the crackling of a wood fire, while 'hypnopompic' describes the fuzzy state between being asleep and awake, and 'desiderium' is the yearning for a thing one has lost.

If one is not able to recognise familiar faces 'prosopagnosia' is the word to use, and if a person is thinking about death then it is 'thanatopsis'.ant to make money by any means possible? Then the word 'quomodocunquize' describes it best.

For breaking wind silently the word 'fluff' describes it best, and for something that's between vomit and a burp the word 'vurp' is appropriate.

And where clothes are concerned, the word 'britch' means the inside jacket pocket, 'gravity-bags' means the seat of the trousers, and the best one yet, 'apple-catchers' which means oversized knickers.

Source: ANI
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