An anthropophagite eats people.
The word byte is a contraction of “by eight.”
Spat-out food is called chanking.
A deltiologist collects postcards.
A poem written to celebrate a wedding is called an epithalamium.
A funambulist is a tightrope walker.
Groaking is to watch people eating in the hope that they will offer you some.
A horologist measures time.
Influenza got its name from the fact that people believed the disease was because of the evil “influence” of stars.
The phrase “jet lag” was once called boat lag, back before airplanes existed.
A klazomaniac is someone who feels like shouting.
The infinity character on the keyboard is called a lemniscate.
A group of officers is called a mess.
Women who wink at men are known as nictitating women.
The symbol of the pound key is called an octothorpe.
When your sink is full, the little hole that lets the water drain, instead of flowing over the side, is called a porcelator.
Quisling is the only word in the English language to start with “quis.”
Killing a king is called regicide.
According to author Douglas Adams, a salween is the faint taste of dishwashing liquid in a cup of fresh tea.
The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck.
The only fifteen-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
The slash character is called a virgule.
A Welsh village has the longest place name in Great Britain: Gorsafawddachaidraigddanheddogleddollonpenrhynareurdraethceredigion.
The process of polishing something is known as xesturgy.
The “You Are Here” arrow on a map is called the IDEO locator.
Zorro means “fox” in Spanish.