Do you know the name of that front bit that hangs underneath many desks? Well, I didn't either. Until today....
Yes, that little piece of wood (or in the above case, metal) is called a "modesty panel". It is named as such, I would suspect, because its sole purpose in life is to keep people from peeping up your skirt.
I learned this little fact in an interesting conversation I had at work this morning. My desk will, hopefully, soon be the proud owner of one such modesty panel. I would like to think that people weren't peeping up my skirts in the first place, but in situations like this, I'd rather be safe than sorry.
It will also be a welcome addition to my life as it will allow me to use my new favorite, antiquated-sounding term, "modesty panel".