Emily in San Diego, California, reports her father’s side of the family has a word for the back of the knee: nicket. German speakers refer to that part of the body as the Kniekehle, from German words meaning “knee” and “groove” or “throat.” English also has a word for the inner part of the elbow, the chelidon, from a Greek word for “swallow,” a reference to the shape of that bird’s tail. This anatomical feature is also called the crook of the arm or the inner elbow.

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