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'Why are you sniffing your phone?'

DEFINITION: n., A compulsive need to sniff everything and anything you pick up, even things that typically do not have distinctive odors. v., To habitually sniff everything within your grasp -- just to make sure it's fresh.

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Snifferize

Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: snif-er-ize

Sentence: Teddy had a problem as he would always snifferize his cell phone when it rang.

Etymology: Play on the word sniff

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Olfactation

Created by: jaymiex

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Snufflephilia

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Created by: zxvasdf

Pronunciation: Snuf fle philia

Sentence: Allergy season has the tendency to turn large groups with normal nostril behavior into snufflephiles. It is not just allergies that inflict people with snufflephilia; some individuals are inexorably compelled to sample the smorgasbord of odors populating this world.

Etymology: Snuffle (to sniff) & -philia (tendency towards)

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Odors are one of the most powerful memory-jogging senses we posess- the region of the brain that stores memories is intimately linked with the ability to smell.sniff sniff! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:06:00

zxvasdf I reckon Proust made that school of thought popular. If you have children, it's advisable to impress upon them importance of a lesson with an unique, custom made smell. - zxvasdf, 2008-10-28: 00:33:00

metrohumanx I remember that "sour kid smell" all too well. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 17:46:00

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Compulsniff

Created by: Nuwanda

Pronunciation: come-pul-sniff

Sentence: Kathleen was a bit compulsniff, especially when it came to books. She would pick one up and quickly thumb the pages to release the book's scent. Yearbooks were--and still are--the best smelling books around.

Etymology: compulsive + sniff

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Mmmmmm Boooooks! Yummy smells! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:19:00

Great word, Nuwanda...makes scents! - Nosila, 2008-10-27: 21:03:00

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Snootinize

Created by: purpleartichokes

Pronunciation: SNOO-tin-ize

Sentence: No one knows why he needs to snootinize everything. Perhaps he has a sick scents.

Etymology: scrutinize, snoot

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Shazam! Excellent creativity! - Mustang, 2007-11-29: 07:57:00

Agreed! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 16:36:00

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Compulsniff

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: kəmpəlsnif

Sentence: Gerry is obsessed with how things smell. Everything he uses must smell just right. He will compulsniff everything he touches. Last week he returned his new car to the dealership because it didn’t have enough new-car smell.

Etymology: compulsive (resulting from or relating to an irresistible urge) + sniff (draw in air audibly through the nose to detect a smell)

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Tactonate

Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: TAK-toh-nate

Sentence: He likes to tactonate his belly button lint.

Etymology: tactile, nasal

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Snortomatic

Created by: rikboyee

Pronunciation: snor-toh-ma-tik

Sentence: following his dog around with the pooper scooper forced him to resist his snortomatic reflex

Etymology: snort, automatic

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Nasolepsy

Poetikat

Created by: Poetikat

Pronunciation: nay zo lep see

Sentence: She was baffled when he suddenly had to take a whiff of everything in sight, but he explained it as his nasolepsy affliction.

Etymology: naso - nasal lepsy - attack

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metrohumanx Nice takeoff on narcolepsy. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:16:00

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Snufflebored

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: snuf fel bord

Sentence: Having been dragged by his new wife on a touted cruise, Smell Gibson sniffed everything around him. His bride was embarrassed to find him sniffing cutlery (not just his own) at the dinner table and lifeboats, door handles, really all and everything else on the ship. When asked, he told her he was playing snufflebored. She didn't know whether it was boredom, a manic compulsion or that he had a germ detector built in his nose, but her groom's actions mortified her. It was a pity he had no life preserver to sniff when he mysteriously was thrown overboard on their last day at sea...

Etymology: Snuffle (sniff or smell inquiringly) & Bored (tired of the world;uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence) & Play on Shuffleboard (a game in which players use long sticks to shove wooden disks onto the scoring area marked on a smooth surface; less exertive form of exercise at retirement homes and seniors'cruises)

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mrskellyscl cute! - mrskellyscl, 2010-03-24: 07:26:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-29: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:47:00
Remistram also submitted definition about compulsive sniffing, so I have added her name to the credits for this definition. Thank you again to kabloozie and remistram. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-24: 00:37:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie. ~ James