Abu Milhem wrote:The technical term for the tubes of plastic/metal that laces end in are called 'aiglets'.
Almost the most important piece of information I have found since discovering that the nobbly coated liquorice allsorts are called "Spogs"!
I don't think those chaps use them on cycling shoes although I imagine the piece contains some urban myths. Anyway, aiguillette
is the diminutive of the French aiguille
- a needle.
(And around here, spogs is a general term for sweets, although a quick google seems to support the liqorice allsorts nomenclature.)
Edited to add: Oh the joys of the internet. You can find anything if you google the right word. Aiguillettes
has been corrupted to aglets in English, and somebody here knows all about them except a good source for buying them.http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/aglets.htm
"This year I'll be wearing sellotape aglets."