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?
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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.