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Word Nerd : Petrichor

Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. Petrichor is formed from the Greek petra, meaning "stone", and Δ«chōr, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology. Petrichor was named by two Australian researchers, who discovered that the smell is an oily essence emitted from rocks… Continue reading Word Nerd : Petrichor

the heady, dreamy, soothing scent of biblichor via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd: Biblichor

Biblichor is the word that describes the particular smell that belongs to old books. Biblichor is a newly created word that combines the Greek words biblio (book) with ichor (the fluid that flows like blood in the veins of the gods), much the way petrichor was created. Like petrichor, biblichor describes a very distinct fragrance… Continue reading Word Nerd: Biblichor

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It’s A Word Nerdiversary Year 2

I can't believe that two years ago on October 8th I posted my very first Word Nerd (petrichor)! It's been quite the logophile equivalent of a wild ride, let me tell you. There are just so many words, and so many that I use so regularly that I can forget how amazing they are and… Continue reading It’s A Word Nerdiversary Year 2

Quixotic Word Nerd via LaWhimsy
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Word Nerd : Quixotic

Quixotic, is a noble word and one that often brings to mind that chivalrousΒ and ingenious gentleman, Don Quixote. There is a dreamy aura of romance and promise that hangs about the term quixotic. Quixotic is one of those lush, layered descriptive terms that I enjoy using and goodness knows there have been many times when… Continue reading Word Nerd : Quixotic

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Word Nerd : Pluviophile

Pluviophile is, admittedly, something of a made-up word since it has no official entry in any dictionary (The Urban Dictionary aside, since that can be a rather sketchy source.). The word pluviophile seems to be derived of the words pluvial (of or relating to rain) and phile (having a fondness for something). Who doesn't love… Continue reading Word Nerd : Pluviophile

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Word Nerd : Petrichor

Petrichor is the name for that perfectly pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell. It was named by two Australian researchers, who discovered that the smell is an oily essence emitted from rocks or soils. The oil is a complicated mixture of at least fifty different compounds, rather like a perfume.… Continue reading Word Nerd : Petrichor