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Webster’s and Words

October 14, 2021

Published by: CHI Living Communities

Did you know Webster’s has words for the things below?

  • When your stomach rumbles, the sound is called a wamble.
  • The smell outside after it rains is called petrichor.
  • An aglet is what you call the plastic coating on the end of shoelaces.
  • An interrobang is what you call using both a question mark and an exclamation point (“?!”) at the end of a sentence.
  • The space between your eyebrows is a glabella.
  • The prongs of a fork are called tines.
  • Griffonage is the term for illegible handwriting.
  • “Na na na” or “la la la” in lyrics, which don’t have any meaning, are vocables.


As you age, it’s important to not only exercise your body, but also your mind. And, as the days become shorter with winter approaching and you may be less likely to leave your house to socialize with friends, try learning something new each day!

Watch a documentary on TV, read the Bible or a dictionary to find a new passage or word you’re unfamiliar with, work a puzzle, take an online class or watch YouTube on your smart phone or computer to discover a new hobby.

Each of our CHI Living Communities campuses has an Activities Director and other employees for that very reason. They ensure our residents have numerous activities throughout each week so their mind, body and soul receive appropriate attention.

If you’re a senior and still live in your own home, be sure to do the same to live a healthy, vibrant and happy life ... even throughout the dark days of winter!