Writing Tips


Have you ever caught a whiff of something that has turned your stomach? How about a smell that has made your mouth water and your stomach rumble? You may have even noticed a scent that has evoked memories of something you thought had been long forgotten.

What you might not know is that a lot of odours actually have their very own words. Ours bats have picked out four of their favourites below – how many have you heard of before?



Photo by Jesper Aggergaard

Cimicine is an old word used to describe things that smell like bugs – gross, but also kind of cool.



Photo by Søren Astrup Jørgensen

This word has changed bit in its lifetime but it still has connotations of what scholars referred to as ‘goat stench’ – we can’t imagine this handsome guy smelling too bad though!



Photo by Vita Marija Murenaite

Something that is toothsome would also be delicious. Bonus points if your food is eyesome too.



Photo by Aaron Mello

This word has grown in popularity over the last few years, but just in case you’ve not yet heard of it, Petrichor is the smell of dirt or grass after rain.

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