I love words that describe things I've never noticed.
I mean, I knew prickets existed, both sorts of them, but I'd never noticed them until I discovered the word.
A pricket is a stag in his second year, when he has antlers, but not branched ones. (Gosh, it must be just about impossible to use fake ID if you're a stag, mustn't it. Unless you can squeeze in as one of group. Or get antler-extensions...)
The other sort of a pricket is the spike on a candle stick that goes up into the candle to stop the candle falling off. Or it can be a candle stick so equipped.
Photo: David Jackson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
There. Knowing that has made the world slightly larger and even more wonderful, hasn't it.
Word To Use Today: pricket. This word comes from the Old English prica, which means point or puncture. It's related to various Scandinavian words that mean stick.