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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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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: smel-uh-men-tree

Sentence: When Larry watched his grandchildren for the weekend they had a great time doing an art project together. As he caught a whiff of crayons and white paste he had a true smelementary moment.

Etymology: smell (to perceive something by its odor or scent) + elementary (of or pertaining to an elementary school)

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Created by: kateinkorea

Pronunciation: NARE oh MON ic

Sentence: When Sally was a child she was locked in a room and nobody could find the key. She had knocked over a bottle of ammonia and the smell took over the room. She cried for hours until finally they were able to break down the door. To this day ammonia causes a mnaromonic reaction in her.

Etymology: MNEMONIC + AROMA MNEMONIC: a word, sentence, poem, etc. that helps you to remember something AROMA: a smell


using mnemonic to show that smells, like letters, can trigger memory was very clever! - silveryaspen, 2009-03-23: 13:34:00


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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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Created by: abrakadeborah

Pronunciation: Oh-door-us-ol-fak-tor-e-mem-or-rye-za-shun

Sentence: Mrs. Pearleene Poppins had a "Odorousolfactorymemorization" when it came recalling past events in her life. It wasn't so much that she would recall dates...she was more the type that odors would remind her of her youthful days of long ago in a charming way no matter how raunchy they smelled. Mr.Pappie Poppins loved old Pearleene for always having a nack to be able to turn a stinch of an "Odorousolfactorymemorization" into the smell of a rose. Pearleene would often tell Pappie,"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"

Etymology: Odorous;Having an odor. Olfactory;Sense of smell. Memorization;To memorize or remember.

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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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Created by: Negatrev

Pronunciation: rem-uh-nis-uhnt

Sentence: The bakery made bob reminiscent over his mothers baking as a child.

Etymology: reminiscent(awakening memories of something similar; suggestive (usually followed by of ): His style of writing is reminiscent of Melville's.) AND scent (to perceive or recognize by or as if by the sense of smell: to scent trouble.)

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Created by: artr

Pronunciation: smem(ə)rēz

Sentence: While Bubba was touring the Everglades, somebody popped the top on a can of Red, White & Blue. Suddenly the smemmories flooded back. The combination of the fragrance of brackish water and cheap beer was almost too much for him. The mere thought of using kids as gator bait still makes him shudder. As bad as it is for him, it’s double for his buddy Lefty.

Etymology: smell (an odor or scent) + memories (something remembered from the past; a recollection)


mrskellyscl very funny - mrskellyscl, 2010-10-05: 06:18:00


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Created by: MattShields

Pronunciation: SENT-im-is-ing

Sentence: I was just smelling your shirt and scentimiscing.

Etymology: scent + reminiscing

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Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: sen tim ment

Sentence: When Barbie was tending her sick husband,Ken, the smell of changing diapers took her back to t he days when she tended her babies. It was a lovely scentiment for her, an empty nester...a reminder that she was still needed by someone. Of course the outlook in those days was different. She knew that they would soon outgrew their bad habits and become productive citizens...just the opposite of now. Oh well, in sickness and in health... Or like her friend told her, "Marriage is like a deck of cards, it starts with 2 hearts and a diamond and in the end you just want a club and a spade"!

Etymology: Scent (an odor left in passing by which a person or animal can be traced) & Sentiment(tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion, particularly of bygone days)


nice - galwaywegian, 2010-10-05: 04:36:00


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Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: old + smell + lur

Sentence: Yes, everytime I smell corn, I am reminded of the night Old Smeller and I slept in the cornfield waiting to catch the racoons; and the smell of hay reminds me of the time he helped bring the newly birthed calf home from the field. Sadly, when I smell pork, I remember how we were bitten by Feral Hogs. Finally, The smell of gunshot brings tears as I recall how Old Smeller got rabies from a Grey Wolf and my dad had to shoot him....

Etymology: Old - Smell - Old Yeller>> How certain odors would remind Travis of Old Yeller or Old Smeller.....


humorous word & LOL sentences - "...bitten by Feral Hogs."!-must smell nasty - splendiction, 2009-03-23: 21:30:00

humorous word & LOL sentences - "...bitten by Feral Hogs."!-must smell nasty. Poor Oldsmeller. - splendiction, 2009-03-23: 21:32:00

Great word and Old Yeller sure brings back memories...7 of us in our family packed into the station wagon to go see the movie at the the end only My Dad and I were awake to see the sad ending and I cried all the way home! - Nosila, 2009-03-23: 23:03:00


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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