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DEFINITION: n., A compulsive need to sniff everything and anything you pick up, even things that typically do not have distinctive odors. v., To habitually sniff everything within your grasp -- just to make sure it's fresh.

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Odoretentiveness

Created by: OZZIEBOB

Pronunciation: OH-de-REE-ten-TIV-ness

Sentence: Bob's odoretentiveness was becoming serious. If he couldn't identify each odor specifically, he would become sniffixated, full of smellancholy and fragrangsted. However, Roxie wasn't worried: Bob, after all, was of Greek background, and besides a fellow called Odorpus Reakes, was one of his ancesstors!

Etymology: Conflation of ODOR & RETENTIVENESS to describe a person with such attention to detail of odors, smells and the like that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, and can be carried out to the detriment of the odor-retentive person.

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metrohumanx Thanks for all the "bonus" words in there, creative one! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:17:00

Hey, Bob...aren't you from the same land as Smell Gibson?? Good Word! - Nosila, 2008-10-27: 21:00:00

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Tactonate

Created by: flyingheadlice

Pronunciation: TAK-toh-nate

Sentence: He likes to tactonate his belly button lint.

Etymology: tactile, nasal

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Duressence

Created by: Jabberwocky

Pronunciation: duress/ence

Sentence: Carlos was driven by an overwhelming duressence to identify every object by it's scent. By thirty, his nostrils were immense.

Etymology: duress + essence

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COMMENTS:

Phew, I hope he doesnt run into a skunk! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 16:31:00

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Snufflebored

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: snuf fel bord

Sentence: Having been dragged by his new wife on a touted cruise, Smell Gibson sniffed everything around him. His bride was embarrassed to find him sniffing cutlery (not just his own) at the dinner table and lifeboats, door handles, really all and everything else on the ship. When asked, he told her he was playing snufflebored. She didn't know whether it was boredom, a manic compulsion or that he had a germ detector built in his nose, but her groom's actions mortified her. It was a pity he had no life preserver to sniff when he mysteriously was thrown overboard on their last day at sea...

Etymology: Snuffle (sniff or smell inquiringly) & Bored (tired of the world;uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence) & Play on Shuffleboard (a game in which players use long sticks to shove wooden disks onto the scoring area marked on a smooth surface; less exertive form of exercise at retirement homes and seniors'cruises)

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mrskellyscl cute! - mrskellyscl, 2010-03-24: 07:26:00

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Inhailstorm

Created by: Nosila

Pronunciation: in hayle storm

Sentence: Being with Eddie was like always being in an inhailstorm. This was because he had to compulsively sniff at each and everything, just to ensure it had not gone off. One could easily testify that the only thing that had ever "gone off" was Eddie himself. Once a gifted wine "nose" and then a gifted perfume "nose", Eddie had smelltered himself to the situation where people only called upon him if their carbon monoxide detectors failed or they suspected a gas leak. Yes, Eddie had stuck his nose in one too many places and now was facing a de-scent into madness!

Etymology: hail (precipitate as small ice particles;enthusiastic greeting ) & inhale (to breathe in) & hailstorm (a storm during which hail falls)

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metrohumanx PEALS of uproarious laughter, Lady! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:03:00

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Sniffitch

Created by: reverb

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Overscentsative

Created by: mweinmann

Pronunciation: Over-sents-ative

Sentence: Horacio often thought he could detect odors on things that no one else could. Objects which most people thought had no odor, he felt most compelled to pick up and smell, just to be sure. Perhaps he was just being overscentsative but he just couldn't stop trying to smell everything he picked up..... Wait, I think that smells pretty good, let me see.

Etymology: "Over" as in beyond some norm or limit + "Scents" or odors + "ative" suffix meaning of, relating to or connecting with.

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COMMENTS:

Like it! - TJayzz, 2008-10-27: 08:54:00

metrohumanx Excellent word! - metrohumanx, 2008-10-27: 20:13:00

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Detectapoo

Created by: looseball

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Kleptaromatist

Created by: MichaelCampbellUK

Pronunciation: klep - ta - rome - a - tist

Sentence: Kevin was a confirmed kleptaromatist, compelled to plunder new scents uncontrollably.

Etymology: Kleptomaniac + aromatist

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COMMENTS:

I like it! - Tigger, 2007-12-03: 21:27:00

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Idensniffication

Created by: galwaywegian

Pronunciation: eye den sniff ick ay shun

Sentence: His method of idensniffication, combined with a certain shiftiness around the full moon, led to a certain disquiet among the more delicate inhabitants of the apartment block.

Etymology: identification, sniff

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very funny! - Jabberwocky, 2007-11-29: 14:21:00

Perhaps he's moonlighting as a "sniffer" dog! - OZZIEBOB, 2007-11-29: 16:32:00

Great word! - Mustang, 2007-11-29: 21:49:00

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Comments:

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-11-29: 00:01:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2007-12-01: 07:47:00
Remistram also submitted definition about compulsive sniffing, so I have added her name to the credits for this definition. Thank you again to kabloozie and remistram. ~ James

Verbotomy Verbotomy - 2010-03-24: 00:37:00
Today's definition was suggested by kabloozie. Thank you kabloozie. ~ James