We're sorry we missed you on Tuesday but better late than never, right? At least we're still in time to catch Boston's big snow storm. Stay warm everybody!
Cacosmia n. A condition in which the sufferer experiences awful tastes and smells without any external physical cause. (In the later stages of his brain tumour, George Gershwin constantly experienced the smell of burning rubber.)
"Yes, I know it's an awful smell, dear, but don't worry, it's not cacosmia, it's just that you-know-who has just passed this way."
Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website. Cacosmia appears in the Third.