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Five Common Things You See Around and Their English Names

It is common to condone the need to know names of familiar things we see around us everyday. You can go through education to the university level but unless you are prompted to mention the English name of some items, you will never take the pains to look them up in the dictionary.

Sometimes, you can be a voracious reader but may never come across some of these important words. These words do pop up in our conversations but we hardly pay attention to them.

The following are five common things we see around us but do not know their names;

1. Demijohn

Demijohn is a large round bottle-like container with a short neck, usually made of glass. It is common in the distillation companies especially those who go into distillation of 'Akpeteshie' (Apio). It is used to store and measure specific volumes of alcohol for sale.

2. Whetstone

The 'dadabees' may never come across this object. It is common in the farming communities. It is a stone used in sharpening cutlass or machete when it goes blunt. The stone gradually wears off due to usage and often replaced in two to three years.

3. Lentigo

Lentigo is a black or brown spot on the skin of humans. It is also called freckle or ephelis depending on its severity. These marks appear on any part of the skin but common on the face. It enhances the beauty of some ladies who have it on their lips or forehead.

4. Nape

Nape is simply the back of the neck closer to the head. Usually, during march pass rehearsals towards Independence Day Celebrations, we hear instructors yell -' watch the nape of the one in front' to ensure alignment.

5. Petrichor

Anytime it rains after a long time, a sweet scent emanates from the soil. This scent is like the local clay substance (ayilo or kpandokor) ladies like to eat despite the health complications associated with it. The scent is caused by geosmin, a bacterial derivative of decahydronaphthalene. Do you want us to delve into science? Lol, no, let's leave it for the scientists.

How many of these five vocabulary have you come across before?

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