Are You Odoriferous? Snarky?

Christmas is a great time for the nose! There’s the scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree. There’s the spicy smell of wassail or a cinnamon candle burning. There’s the aroma of a turkey roasting or pumpkin pies fresh from the oven. All of these smells are odoriferous.

Odoriferous (oh-der-if-er-uhs) is an adjective that means yielding or diffusing an odor. Originally, it was used to indicate a pleasant, sweet-smelling odor. Now, an odoriferous smell can be either good (like the ones I’ve listed here) or not so good – like the smell of diesel fumes or the smell of a cow barn. Anything that has an odor, aroma, or scent is odoriferous.

When you use this word, make sure that you pronounce it correct. You will say ‘odor’ and then add ‘iferous.’ Many times, people who use this word know it’s meaning but do not realize that they are mispronouncing it. Instead of saying ‘odor,’ they just say ‘od’ and then add ‘iferous.’

Odoriferous. Smells. Good or bad. Odoriferous.

The other day, I heard a person say snarky. I was intrigued because I hadn’t heard that word before. But I guess that’s because it is chiefly a British slang word and I’m not British . . .

Snarky (snahr-kee), an adjective, means testy or irritable, short-tempered, rude, sarcastic, disrespectful, snide. If someone says something rude to you, they are being snarky. If they don’t have patience or are bad-tempered, they are snarky. Christmas shopping can cause people to be snarky. Children can cause parents to be snarky. Bosses can cause employees to be snarky! Snarky.

May your holidays be pleasantly odoriferous and void of snarky folks!

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