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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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Overscentsative

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: Over-sents-ative

Sentence: Horacio often thought he could detect odors on things that no one else could. Objects which most people thought had no odor, he felt most compelled to pick up and smell, just to be sure. Perhaps he was just being overscentsative but he just couldn't stop trying to smell everything he picked up..... Wait, I think that smells pretty good, let me see.

Etymology: "Over" as in beyond some norm or limit + "Scents" or odors + "ative" suffix meaning of, relating to or connecting with.

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Like it! - TJayzz, 2008-10-27: 08:54:00

metrohumanx Excellent word! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:13:00

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Idensniffication

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: eye den sniff ick ay shun

Sentence: His method of idensniffication, combined with a certain shiftiness around the full moon, led to a certain disquiet among the more delicate inhabitants of the apartment block.

Etymology: identification, sniff

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COMMENTS:

very funny! - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-29: 14:21:00

Perhaps he's moonlighting as a "sniffer" dog! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 16:32:00

Great word! - Mustang, 2007-11-29: 21:49:00

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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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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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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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Whifficionado

Created by: Tigger

Pronunciation: \wif-fish-ee-uh-NAH-doh\

Sentence: Because Hector was a real whifficionado, anything that came near his face -- the phone, his sunglasses, even his girlfriend -- would get scrutinosed, and fragranalyzed. He had a total sniffixation.

Etymology: whiff - "a slight trace of odor or smell" (aspirated var. of Middle English, weffe) + aficionado - "enthusiast" (Spanish, aficion, -from Latin, affectionem)

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COMMENTS:

I sorry if I've stolen "sniffixation" from you. I was unaware that you used it in your sentence. I'm happy to withdraw it & ubstitute "fragranxiety". I'm a fan of whifficionado; it's a great word. - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 04:28:00

No problem. Great minds think alike -- apparently, so do we sometimes. ;) I though that your word 'smellancholy' was brilliant. - Tigger, 2007-11-29: 12:21:00

I think this captures the 'essence' of the definition. - kabloozie, 2007-11-29: 19:52:00

franke Excellent word. Very funny. - franke, 2007-11-30: 10:02:00

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Nostrilissis

Created by: IrisLLL

Pronunciation: nostrilisis

Sentence: I went by a nice garden today, and my nostilissis has been acting up ever since.

Etymology: (holes in face)nostrils- issis ( alternarte spelling of the Egyption goddess)

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Nosphonatu

Created by: awesomoshis

Pronunciation: Nose-phone-ah-two

Sentence: I've been experiencing severe nosphonatu every since I dropped my phone in the toilet.

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Olfactofreak

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Created by: metrohumanx

Pronunciation: ohl-FAC-toe-freek (olfactofreaky,olfactofreakish)

Sentence: Eric was seldom Idle.Whenever someone suspected food of having spoiled, they brought it to Eric, who was more than happy to evaluate it's state of advanced decay. Eric was an OLFACTOFREAK of the first order, and he constantly honed his imaginary skills by sniffing everything he could. Being overly fond of "new car smell", he was forcibly ejected from the local Alfa Romeo dealership several times. When Eric and Heidi gassed up their car, Eric OLFACTOFREAKED out over the smell of fresh petrol, and had to be carted off in a state of toxic bliss. His fixation enabled him to detect the smell of a hot tar roof from a mile away, which reminded him of that summer he spent at the Jersey shore. Eric's reputation as an aromajunkie spread far and wide. The Department of Homieland Insecurity even hired him to sniff around cargo containers, searching vainly for contraband. The Government's bloodhound was retired because of nasal polyps, which compromised the dog's sniffability and America's security. When he detected a boatload of tainted Chinese suppositories, Eric the OLFACTOFREAK was idleized for having saved the day once again.

Etymology: OLFACTOry+FREAK=OLFACTOFREAK...........OLFCTORY:of or relating to the sense of smell;olfactorius, from olfacere to smell, from ol─ôre to smell + facere to do.....FREAK:an ardent enthusiast b: a person who is obsessed with something (origin unknown)

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metrohumanx http://www.eric-idle.com/ - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:01:00

Those ol' factories really do smell! Love Idle Gossip...He's a lumberjack and he's okay, he sleeps all night and he works all day...great, now that tune will go through my mind all day! Enough Idle Chatter... - Nosila, 2008-10-27: 20:59:00

metrohumanx I actually LIKE the smell of old factories...except abbatoirs. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 01:49:00

metrohumanx The Stasi -- East German secret police -- kept an enormous museum of "smell samples" of German citizens, kept in case they ever needed to give hunting dogs the scent of a fugitive criminal. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-28: 01:56:00

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Inhailstorm

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in hayle storm

Sentence: Being with Eddie was like always being in an inhailstorm. This was because he had to compulsively sniff at each and everything, just to ensure it had not gone off. One could easily testify that the only thing that had ever "gone off" was Eddie himself. Once a gifted wine "nose" and then a gifted perfume "nose", Eddie had smelltered himself to the situation where people only called upon him if their carbon monoxide detectors failed or they suspected a gas leak. Yes, Eddie had stuck his nose in one too many places and now was facing a de-scent into madness!

Etymology: hail (precipitate as small ice particles;enthusiastic greeting ) & inhale (to breathe in) & hailstorm (a storm during which hail falls)

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metrohumanx PEALS of uproarious laughter, Lady! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:03:00

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Odoretentiveness

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: OH-de-REE-ten-TIV-ness

Sentence: Bob's odoretentiveness was becoming serious. If he couldn't identify each odor specifically, he would become sniffixated, full of smellancholy and fragrangsted. However, Roxie wasn't worried: Bob, after all, was of Greek background, and besides a fellow called Odorpus Reakes, was one of his ancesstors!

Etymology: Conflation of ODOR & RETENTIVENESS to describe a person with such attention to detail of odors, smells and the like that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, and can be carried out to the detriment of the odor-retentive person.

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Thanks for all the "bonus" words in there, creative one! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:17:00

Hey, Bob...aren't you from the same land as Smell Gibson?? Good Word! - Nosila, 2008-10-27: 21:00:00

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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