Daily Archives: August 25, 2010

List of words for things you didn’t know had names

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I read many blogs about words.   One that I look at consistently  is http://tg-editor-proofreader.blogspot.com/ by Tom Gillipspie. 
In a recent post, he has a website link for labels for things you didn’t know had a name.  

The source is the Merriam-Webster web site.


Lots of fun new labels for you to use to impress your friends.  I did know at least one.  The aglet that is the piece on the ends of shoelaces.

 I love learning new words, don’t you?

What is a natatorium?

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Natatorium — What the heck is that?

Sometimes, but not often, I come across a word I have not heard.  One that came up recently is the word natatorium.  Do you know what a natatorium is?

A natatorium is swimming pool. It is usually in a separate freestanding building. Like many words, natatorium has its roots in Latin.  A cella natatoria was a swimming pool in its own building.

Sometimes the term is also applied to any indoor pool even if not housed in a dedicated building Examples of this would be a pool at a school or a fitness club.   Many colleges and universities have natatoria.

I said I never heard of the word but I think there was a natatorium used in many of the past Olympics, I just wasn’t paying attention to the word then.