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A Smelly Question

Postby Slava » Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:13 pm

The American Scholar asks "Why so Few English Words for Odors?"
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Re: A Smelly Question

Postby Perry Lassiter » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:52 pm

However we do use a number of adjectives before the word smell, as a visit to any thesaurus will quickly show. Pungent, acrid, metallic (often in ref to blood), pleasant, flowery, etc.
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Re: A Smelly Question

Postby Slava » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:09 pm

True, but do not these words describe the effect of the smell, not the smell itself? I gather that's the gist of the piece.
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