The Whatchamacallit: Those Everyday Objects You Just Can't Name (And Things You Think You Know about, but Don't)
The world is full of whatchamacallits things we ought to know the names for, might even think we know the names for, but when it comes down to it, don t know the names for. That s where The Whatchamacallit comes in. A fun and witty companion to daily life, The Whatchamacallit provides the proper names...more
* tmesis (the separation of parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words, such as abso-bloody-lutely)
* tittle (the dot on top of the lower case i and j)
* pulicue (the distance between the forefinger and thumb when extended)
* phosphene (sensation of light ca ...more
"The Whatchamacallit," by Danny Danzer and Mark McCrum can answer these questions. This strange and fascinating book is a collection of terms used to describe tho ...more
A very short book that's really just a list of words and their definitions. It's supposed to be things that we encounter every day and just don't know the names of. Which it mostly is. (Some are less everyday, and some you already know the definition of.) And that's about it. Some entertainment, and it was short. Seems like they could have done better delving into etymology or history or something.