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CategoriesNooks and cranniesYesteryearSemantic enigmasThe body beautifulRed tape, white liesSpeculative scienceThis sceptred isleRoot of every evilEthical conundrumsThis sporting lifeStage and screenBirds and the bees SEMANTIC ENIGMASWhat is the name for the plastic pointer on the finish of shoelaces?RLJS, Anaheim, USA one aglet. Hugo van Kemenade, York Aglet. Karl Tiedemann, new York They"re referred to as aglets, but why we need a name for them I have actually no idea. Surely, the creative energies responsible would have been better off coming up through a surname for the inside of the elbow, or for the middle three toes. Jenny, Crawley The OED defines a tag as: "A point of steel or other difficult substance at the end of a lace, string, strap, or the like, mostly used come facilitate the insertion through an eyelet-hole, as in a boot-lace or stay-lace, however when externally visible often made ornamental, as on the ?points? in use prior to buttons; an aglet." ns guess that"s the want word. B C Rowe, London that is one aglet, acquired from a center English term supplied to define the metal ends put on ropes, by dipping the finish of the rope in molten metal. These end served, as your shoelace aglets do, to aid guide the rope through eyeholes. Ross Manning, Oxford, England an Iglet. Kyle Irvine, Wandsworth SW18 in ~ a club quiz ns was at last year, the questionmaster (reading indigenous a bought-in set of questions) inquiry what one "aglet" was and offered come run roughly the local branch that British home Stores distinct naked if any type of team knew the answer. One team (which typically came last) go but, rather unsportingly we all feel, the questionmaster did not honour his undertaking. R J Gibbs, Cardiff Jenny native Crawley is clearly not the parent of a young child. We should use the word "aglet" very frequently, as youngsters regularly damage them, making your shoes almost impossible to re-lace. Charli, London UK throughout a game of "I-Spy" ~ above a an especially long and boring journey some years ago, one player retained us guessing for hours with "something start with "F"". This turned the end to it is in "flugelbinder" i beg your pardon he asserted was the little on the finish of his shoelace. Has actually anyone else come across this word? flugelbinder? tom cruise recommendation in the film called "cocktail". Ns think that it"s a far better word 보다 "aglet" though hil, swansea wales one aglet. I uncover it really stupid the there is a name for it though, it seems quite pointless. Lucy, Liverpool, UK add your answer

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