Word of the Day: Smelly Words


Young Girl (13-14) Holding Her Nose at the Dinner TableLet’s explore some words that would make you wince.

Noisome [noi-suhm] (adj.):

1. harmful or disgusting, as an odor.

2. harmful or injurious to health.

Example:
Can you turn off that cigar? The smell is noisome.

Pungent [puhn-juhnt] (adj.):

1. sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.

2. acutely distressing to the feelings or mind; poignant.

3. caustic, biting, or sharply expressive: pungent remarks.

4. mentally stimulating or appealing: wit.

5. Biology . piercing or sharp-pointed.
Example:
Not even the best perfume could mask that pungent smell of his.
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4 thoughts on “Word of the Day: Smelly Words”

  1. You’d think noisome should mean noisy, fulsome full, and wholesome whole. But no. I think I once came across an article by a careless journalist applying ‘noisome’ to mean noisy, and one of the editors of our major news paper has a grammar column on Sundays where, once, in 2010, he expounded on the difference between ‘wholesome’ and ‘whole’.

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