It hasn’t rained in Brisbane for a long time. This evening I was coming home and smelt petrichor and smiled: our new house is much closer to a large bushland reserve and the petrichor is more pungent.
What is petrichor you ask?
(pretrichor is) used to describe the distinct scent of rain in the air. Or, to be more precise, it’s the name of an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.
The word was invented by the CSIRO in Australia.
I have borrowed and I am reading ‘the language report‘ by Susie Dent. I have put together a list of my favourite words so far:
bolotics: a combination of nonsense and political correctness (= bollocks and politics) page. 18
gratters: a colloquial term at school and university for ‘congratulations’. (originally from 1903) page. 7
divvy: extremely pleasant, ‘divine’, ‘heavenly’. This word derives from the first syllable of divine. (again from 1903) page. 7
to text: to send a text message. This is an example of a recent ‘verbed noun’. page. 19
shopgrifting: the practice of buying an item, using it, and then returning it for a full refund. page. 27
ham: a piece of legitimate email that was wrongly filtered as spam by an anti-spam programme.