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Word of the Month: Aglet
March 2, 2015, 17:22
Filed under: Uncategorized, Words of the Months

Etymology: Old French aguillette, diminutive of aguille, needle.

Definition: The cover at the tip of a shoelace.

Aglets seem to have been around for some time (Merriam-Webster date it to the fifteenth century). However, they are so ubiquitous as to be almost entirely unknown. This is most evident when trying to write about them; most Google search results are someone a) selling them, b) teaching you how to make your own, c) dictionary sites, or d) something about “agile applets,” a computer term sometimes contracted as “aglet”.

Personally, I think that aglet is a word which deserves to be better known, even if, as aglets are a rather boring piece of equipment, it would be a rather boring word if it were less obscure.

As an aside, Google’s suggested search (at the bottom of a page of results) includes “aglets conspiracy theory”.

Please let me know if there are any words you would like featured by posting a comment on this post.


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