Handle: The place where the whip cracker is supposed to hold the whip.
Transition: Where and how the handle connects to the thong.
Thong: The main, braided part of the whip, where the tapering occurs.
Fall hitch: The place where the fall is tied on to the end of the thong.
Fall: A piece of leather/nylon/etc near the end of the whip that the cracker is attached to.
Cracker/Popper: The small twisted piece of rope at the end of a whip that breaks the sound barrier.
Heel Knot: The knot at the end of the handle.
Keeper/Keeper knot: The knot that attached the thong to the handle on a stockwhip. This is comprised of two interlocking loops.
Core: The innermost part of the whip.
Belly: The layers of braiding inside of the whip.
Bolster: A strap of leather which wraps around the belly of the whip.
Overlay: The final layer of braiding on the whip, which is on the outside.
Plait/plait count: The number of strands in the overlay of the whip.
Nylon Paracord: A type of material used to make nylon whips. It is lightweight, waterproof, and requires almost no maintenance.
Cowhide: A type of leather used for making less expensive leather whips
Roohide/Kangaroo leather: The best type of leather for making whips due to its flexibility and durability.