Detroit, Michigan – Few body parts inspire a love/hate relationship like the nose. And through the years, this facial focal point has inspired a number of creative monikers. The range of nicknames the nose has inspired is a long one, and while inventive, can be a little hurtful if you have a “healthy honker.” In the spirit of good-natured ribbing, we’ve decided to take them head-on (no pun intended), because sticks and stones may break our bones, but we can always reset them!
The most well-known nickname for the nose has to be “schnoz” or “schnozz,” which use dates back to 1934 or 1940. Most likely from the Yiddish word for “snout” or the German “Schnauze.” It’s also known as schnozzle, schnozzola or schnozilla.
Other Fun Nicknames for the Noble Nose:
Proboscis – as in the Proboscis monkey, literally means “elephant trunk”
Bill or Beak – named for our fine-feathered friends
Durante – named for the impressive nose of beloved comedic actor Jimmy Durante.
Snuffleupagus –named for Mr. Aloysius Snuffleupagus, the sweet, long-nosed Wooly Mammoth-like creature who debuted on Sesame Street in 1971 as Big Bird’s magical friend.