Tuesday, 22 March 2011


This is my favourite word in the English language. It is not often that a scent is not an adjective, rather a noun. It comes from the Greek petros (for stone), and ichor. Ichor is the fluid that flows through the veins of the Gods & Goddesses in Greek Mythology. The organic oil that produces the smell petrichor is yellow, like the Gods' golden ichor. Petrichor to me, also exudes a sense of relief, of having finally receive confirmation of first rain after a curse of dryness. Pet - tree - ker. Petrichor. 

My friend Tom says only a nerd would choose an obscure word like petrichor. But hear me out, if you used a word too often, it loses its luster, no? Petrichor is the kind of word that just sits around and waits for a specific magical moment to happen. Then BAM, petrichor happens, and you find yourself grinning for being in the right place, at the right time, and with the right word. 
Oh yeah.

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