Lexicon of Smell: Etymologies for L (part two of two)
Etymologies for the rest of the L's have been added to the Lexicon of Smell (experimental glossary of scent free to the public):
linearden - (noun) the scent of a dryer running outside near fragrant plants.
From line (as, "line dry") + garden.
lopsem - (noun) the heavy and rotund aroma of fully ripe lemons on a tree at the end of a hot day.
From lopsided + flop + slope (transposition of) + lop + lemons.
lorrow - (noun) a haunted, sorrowful scent.
From longing + sorrow.
It’s well known among people who work in the area of olfaction that the English language is a wasteland when it comes to vocabulary for scent. This is especially painful when it is your job to describe perfume and you have to resort to “smells like” and “has the smell of” over and over. The Lexicon of Smell is an experimental glossary that aims to fill this void with new words for olfactory experience. It offers neologisms to go alongside the more descriptive vignettes of The Language of Smell. New entries will be shown in color until the next update, when they will be changed permanently to black.
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