The insanely useful little plastic bits at the ends
of shoelaces are not, in fact, called "plastic bits
" or "end thingies
". The appropriate term is "aglets
". These clever contraptions
help keep the threads woven into the lace together in a structured way, preventing their falling apart
which could have disastrous
results. Actually, what does happen when the aglets are removed is that the threads unwind on the ends, making it tricky
to fit them through the holes properly. The proper name for the holes is "eyelets
", by the way.
The reason for this node is a debate I had with a RL friend the other day... he insisted that they should simply be called "those little things at the end of shoelaces", however I was certain that I'd heard a technical term somewhere in the past. Special thanks to zot-fot-piq for enlightening me via the catbox.
And yes, this debate is probably a good indication of the standard quality of our conversations. *grumble*