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'It reminds me of when our kids were babies.'

DEFINITION: n. A wayward scent or aroma which invokes distant memories of one's childhood or younger days. v. To be suddenly catapulted into the past by a very strong odor.

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Olefactory

Created by: Banky

Pronunciation: /ohl-fak-torr-ee/

Sentence: Ron's nose smelled heated metal and stinging welled in his eyes. The punch had landed squarely on the bridge of his nose, and had trigged an olefactory reaction. He remembered the first time his stepdad had hit him. The terror as he grabbed him by the back of the shirt, the smell of red iron, a mouth full of blood, and his stepfather writhing and clawing at the side of his own head. He snapped out of the memory with a mouth full of salt and rubber, and there lay the mugger doubled much the way John was, years ago. He spat, and the ear landed askew on the ground, like a fallen leaf.

Etymology: ole - colloquial version of "old"; olfactory - relating to the sense of smell

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COMMENTS:

pretty graphic but a terrific word - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-23: 12:28:00

Your sentence ranks right up there with the best of Steven King! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-23: 13:41:00

Really good word and terrific sentence. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-23: 23:29:00

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Nosetalgia

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: nohs tahl jeea

Sentence: One is capable of experiencing nosetalgia right up to the moment of death. they say that the scent is the last thing to go, or is that grow?

Etymology: nostalgia, nose

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Whiffersnapper

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Created by: petaj

Pronunciation: wiff-a-snap-a

Sentence: Mmmm! there's something about the whiffersnapper of packaging materials, that takes me right back to the Christmas parcel Grandma used to send us half way around the world.

Etymology: whiff (scent) + whippersnaper (youth)

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COMMENTS:

love it! - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-23: 12:30:00

Whiffersnapper conjures up the crackle of the enlightening smell in the air! Wheffervescent! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-23: 14:02:00

Enjoyed it...whiff love! - Nosila, 2009-03-23: 23:05:00

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Existenchialist

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: eggs iss ten sha lizt

Sentence: In an absurd world the base existenchialist instincts always lead one towards home, or fish.

Etymology: existencialist, stench

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COMMENTS:

hysterical - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-23: 12:23:00

:-) great word for unforgettably bad smells! Great create! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-23: 13:39:00

hehehe - bookowl, 2009-03-24: 13:36:00

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Retrostench

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Created by: mrskellyscl

Pronunciation: re-tro-stench

Sentence: Wandering through the empty bingo hall, Jean soon became aware of a retrostench that was clearly that of an old lady marinated in Lilly of the Valley toilet water perfume. "It couldn't be," she thought, "Grandma's been dead for 20 years."

Etymology: Retro--involving, relating to or reminicent of things past Stench--an offensive smell or odor

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COMMENTS:

super word - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-23: 12:25:00

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Scentamental

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sent a men tal

Sentence: Albert's talcum powder in the nursing home made Maude go all scentimental rembering her now grown children as little babies...

Etymology: Scent (Aroma, odor, smell) & Sentimental (effusively emotional;treasured memories or articles)

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Odorday

RightOnTheWin

Created by: RightOnTheWin

Pronunciation: \ˈō-dər-ˈdā\

Sentence: Lucy was thrown into a flashback of an odorday when she sensed the salty water. She began to recall her childhood home near the ocean. Warm tears streamed down her cheek as she realized how much she missed her hometown. Lucy decided that she would visit there on her next vacation.

Etymology: Odor (A stimulating smell) + day (A particular point in time)

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Yesterwhiff

Created by: remistram

Pronunciation: yess-ter-wiff

Sentence: Whenever she ate at the local diner the yesterwhiff of bacon & eggs aroma made her smile.

Etymology: yesterday + whiff

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Scentimental

Created by: silveryaspen

Pronunciation: scent eh meant all

Sentence: It does not matter from what corner of his mind, the now elderly Jack Horner, could always find, through out all time, be it from adolescent to his old-age prescent, the fragrance of cinnamon in bread pudding or plum pie, was indelibly etched, from his memory fetched, making his thumb twitch, and with a scentimental sigh, recapture the feeling of "What a good boy am I!"

Etymology: SCENT - a nice smell. SENTIMENTAL - tender feelings of nostalgia, tender feelings when thinking of the past. ///// For people whose first langauge is not English, or those so young they may not have heard of Jack Horner, here's his original nursery rhyme: Little Jack Horner sat in the corner, eating his pudding and pie. He stuck in his thumb, and pulled out a plum and said "What a good boy am I!"

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COMMENTS:

Song of the day: Scentimental Journey! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-23: 01:26:00

You're making me want some bread pudding!!! Mmmm Good word there Silveryaspen! :) - abrakadeborah, 2009-03-23: 06:18:00

Awesome word. - kateinkorea, 2009-03-23: 11:06:00

exsmellent! - galwaywegian, 2009-03-23: 11:06:00

yummy - Jabberwocky, 2009-03-23: 12:26:00

clever story corner... - mweinmann, 2009-03-23: 15:22:00

Now I want some bread pudding just like grandma used to make. - Mustang, 2009-03-23: 23:10:00

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Melancholfactory

Created by: kalex

Pronunciation: Me-lin-kol-fa-k-ter-eee

Sentence: The smell had a melancholfactory essence, subtly reminding me of years before, when Jack and I had also caught ourselves on fire. Burnt flesh! That brings it all back!

Etymology: melancholy-a forlorn feeling sometimes associated with nostalgia olfactory-having to do with or of the sense of smell, odor

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-23: 00:01:01
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx. Thank you metrohumanx. ~ James

silveryaspen - 2009-03-23: 14:34:00
The score details are a great enhancement and have helped me understand them. Thank you!

metrohumanx metrohumanx - 2009-03-24: 09:28:00
Wow! This phenomenon seems to be more widespread than i thought! Apparently it's one of our more primal instincts.

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2009-03-24: 11:59:00
RE: Score Details. I am still looking for a bug where it fails to add some votes to our weekly totals. Hopefully the score details page will help us find it. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-10-05: 00:16:00
Today's definition was suggested by metrohumanx. Thank you metrohumanx. ~ James