Verboticism: Compulsniff

'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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Duressence

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: duress/ence

Sentence: Carlos was driven by an overwhelming duressence to identify every object by it's scent. By thirty, his nostrils were immense.

Etymology: duress + essence

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COMMENTS:

metrohumanx Carlos had King Kong nostrils? - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:10:00

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Obsesscent

Created by: Stevenson0

Pronunciation: uhb/ses/sent

Sentence: He is annoyingly obsesscent to the point of whiffing everything he comes in contact with. This schnozealous behaviour is to say the least neurotic and sniffsessive.

Etymology: obsess + scent

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COMMENTS:

Excellent creation - Mustang, 2007-11-29: 21:55:00

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Unsniffaphobia

Created by: hipposwimming444

Pronunciation: uh-n-sniff-ah-fo-be-ah

Sentence: The poor man suffered from unsniffaphobia.

Etymology: un: -reverse or oppisite sniff: -the act of smelling phobia: -to fear/the fear of

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Urgescent

thegoatisbad

Created by: thegoatisbad

Pronunciation: 'erg-'sent

Sentence: Kimberly had no sense of smell, which served not only as another reason to hate Loretta, but also as cause to deeply distrust her. "It's too primal" Kimberly opined, "maybe if she were a rodent it wouldn't be as strange, but I don't trust anyone who operates like a rat." Meanwhile, in the background Loretta urgescently nosed her way through Kimberly's desk until she found Kimberly's stash of cheese.

Etymology: urge (compel earnestly) + scent (odor)

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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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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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Obscensitivity

Created by: Mustang

Pronunciation: Ob-sens-uh-TIV-uh-ty

Sentence: Ralph had a major case of obscentsitivity and would sniff everything, foods, personal grooming tools, and other inanimate objects with some kind of misguided notion that he could determine the safety or value of those things.

Etymology: Blend of obsessive, scent, and sensitivity.

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metrohumanx A triple whammy! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:09:00

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Sniffixation

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: snif-fik-SEYT-shun

Sentence: Bob's sniffixation was becoming serious. If he couldn't identify each odor specifically, he would become smellancholy and full of fragranxiety. However, Roxie wasn't worried. After all Bob was of Greek background, and one of his ancestors was a fellow called Odorpus Reakes!

Etymology: Sniffixation: conflation of sniff: to investigate, percieve, or detect by or as if by sniffing; to smell & fixation: compulsive peoccupation with something. Cognates: Sniffixate, Sniffixatious.

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COMMENTS:

I think his ancestor was famous also for solving 'the riddle of the stinx' - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-29: 14:20:00

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Sniffmonger

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.

Etymology:

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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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