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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: Nosila

Pronunciation: sent i men tal

Sentence: Jill hated when Harvey went into his scentimental mode and sniffed everything in sight and imagined the worst of all things he smelled.

Etymology: Scent (smell, aroma) & Mental (affected by a disorder of the mind) & Wordplay on Sentimental (effusively or insincerely emotional)

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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.


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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Created by: Koekbroer




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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: Mustang

Pronunciation: ob-SENT-seh-tiv

Sentence: Waldo is thoroughly obscentsitive with his disgusting habit of sniffing everything from his food to his cell phone and even his discarded clothing.

Etymology: Blend of obsessive, scent, and sensitive

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Created by: xirtam

Pronunciation: in-sent-shuh-buhl,

Sentence: They say that smells can trigger long lost memories. Well, Bills desire to remember something must have been inscentiable; he would take a sniff of anything he could pick up.

Etymology: Mash-up of insatiable and scent. Insatiable: incapable of being satisfied or appeased. Scent: a distinctive odor.

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Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: ree kon ohs ens

Sentence: His reconnosesense was unstinting even when the object was unstinking

Etymology: reconnaissance nose sense


funny - Jabberwocky, 2008-10-27: 13:26:00

metrohumanx Very nice. Concise sentence, too. - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:14:00


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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: 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


Phew, I hope he doesnt run into a skunk! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 16:31:00


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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)


metrohumanx - 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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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