Marie Krnakova

Jun 29, 2021

5 min read

Why Is It So Difficult To Describe Scents In Words?

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…