Why Is It So Difficult To Describe Scents In Words?

Marie Krnakova
5 min readJun 29, 2021

Have you ever caught yourself struggling to describe an odour simply because you could not find the right word? If so, you are not alone.

A young woman smelling flowers
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Describing odours can be quite challenging. There are only three odour-dedicated words in English, and these are stinky, fragrant and musty. However, the first two are somewhat subjective because what one person considers pleasant may be…