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Wondrous Words Wednesday

November 16, 2016

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I haven’t been finding a lot of words in my reading lately but I did find one word in THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski.

1. geosmin – “Outside, it had finally stopped raining, but the dusky air was still damp and heavy with the odor of something her father called geosmin, but which always reminded Jory of the smell of an Indian head nickel collection she kept in a leather coin purse. ”

According to Wikipedia, “geosmin is an organic compound with a distinct earthy flavor and aroma produced by a type of Actinobacteria, and is responsible for the earthy taste of beets. . .”  Now I know why beets taste like dirt!

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    November 16, 2016 6:53 am

    Do beets taste like dirt? I guess there is an earthy flavor to them. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting word.

  2. November 16, 2016 7:54 am

    I didn’t know the word but I know the smell! And I think beets taste like dirt but one of our daughters and my husband absolutely love beets – so I guess it’s up to the taste buds 🙂

  3. November 16, 2016 8:15 am

    Hey, I love beets! LOL Probably why they are also so good for you. Nothing like the minerals in dirt…

  4. November 16, 2016 9:23 am

    Thanks, Kathy. 0-1 is a lot better than 0-2 or 0-3!

  5. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 16, 2016 10:59 am

    Clueless on this word, but I love, love, love pickled beets! LOL

  6. November 16, 2016 2:00 pm

    Beets do definitely have an earthy taste (particularly noticeable – and unpleasant – if you juice them). I’m glad, too, to have found out what makes them that way.

  7. November 16, 2016 3:31 pm

    Thanks! for sharing this.

  8. November 16, 2016 3:52 pm

    That’s funny – I never thought they tasted like dirt, but then again, I don’t know what dirt tastes like! LOL

  9. November 16, 2016 4:19 pm

    I haven’t tasted dirt either, but I do love the smell of dirt. It’s one of the pleasures (for me) of gardening.

  10. November 16, 2016 4:24 pm

    Certainly new to me

  11. November 16, 2016 4:54 pm

    I love beets, maybe I’m just a down to “dirt” girl. great word.

  12. November 16, 2016 7:58 pm

    Interesting, new-to-me word! 🙂

  13. November 22, 2016 10:50 am

    I’m hoping I ‘ll see roasted beets on my Thanksgiving table. Mmmmmmm. I will try to use this word and spice up the conversation.

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