Verboticism: Whifficionado

'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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Created by: Koekbroer




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Created by: Daniel999

Pronunciation: sniff a sor as

Sentence: He was so obsessed with sniffing everything around him, they gave him the nickname "sniffasouras".


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Created by: hendrixius

Pronunciation: /rie-no-muh-nie-uh-kul/

Sentence: This rhinomaniacal freak just sniffed the aluminum foil he borrowed to see if it was fresh.

Etymology: "rhinoplasty" and "egomaniacal"

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Created by: frankierio

Pronunciation: snif-mong-r

Sentence: Not only did Jeff smell everything on his plate before he ate it, he even sniffed me.He is such a sniffmonger.


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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)


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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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: funk-junk-ee

Sentence: Fenella's compulsive sniffing had a nasty side-effect whereby she became addicted to strong, even repulsive, odours. She was diagnosed as a funkjunkie.

Etymology: funk (a strong smell) + junkie (addict)


Good one petaj. I like the sound of it. - purpleartichokes, 2007-11-29: 19:08:00


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Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: snek-spurt-iff

Sentence: He snexpertiffed anything in sight like a german shepherd police dog looking for contraband.

Etymology: sniff + expert

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Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: TAK-toh-nate

Sentence: He likes to tactonate his belly button lint.

Etymology: tactile, nasal

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: in sent iv eye zd

Sentence: his dog was inscentivised around anyone who asspirated

Etymology: incentivise scent

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: gas pir ayt

Sentence: They called Barney the bloodhound, because he would gaspirate every object that came into his hand. It was embarrassing enough for friends when he did it in restaurants and stores. But when he started doing it to new people he'd meet, they just had to keep a sniff upper lip and hope he would not describe what he smelled.

Etymology: Gasp (a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open) & Aspirate (inhale;suck in air, along with whatever smells accompany said lungful)

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