Tragus: A small projection of cartilage in front of the ear canal. From Greek tragos, meaning “goat,” because its undersurface is often covered with a tuft of hair resembling a goat’s beard. Pronounced (trgs).
The tragus serves at least a couple of contemporary purposes: it holds earbuds against the concha (the innermost part of the external ear); and it can be pierced for ornamentation (“tragus piercing”).
A few observations about tragus piercing:
- “Some people report hearing a ‘pop’ sound in their ear during the procedure, although this is not always the case. This sound can startle you, so be prepared and try to relax.” (About.com)
- “The Tragus becomes very swollen and will bleed and ooze fluids for the first week. Proper cleaning and sanitization is crucial in the healing of this piercing.” (Wikipedia)
If that sounds appealing, perhaps you’d also go for a Monroe piercing just off center on your upper lip. It’s named for Marilyn Monroe, who had a beauty mark in that location. Also known as a Madonna or [Cindy] Crawford piercing because, like Monroe, those women have upper-lip beauty marks.