Monday, August 31, 2009

What's that Smell?

funny word of the day: musk

I think this word is hilarious and it turns out its origin means "testicle" so that's even funnier. See Wikipedia entry:

Musk is the name originally given to a substance with a penetrating odor obtained from a gland of the male musk deer, which is situated between its stomach and genitals. The substance has been used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times and is one of the most expensive animal products in the world. The name, originated from Sanskrit muṣká meaning "testicle," has come to encompass a wide variety of substances with somewhat similar odors although many of them are quite different in their chemical structures. They include glandular secretions from animals other than the musk deer, numerous plants emitting similar fragrances, and artificial substances with similar odors.[1]
Until the late 19th century, natural musk was used extensively in perfumery until economic and ethical motives led to the adoption of synthetic musk, which is used almost exclusively.[2] The organic compound primarily responsible for the characteristic odor of musk is muscone.

Yesterday's FWOTD: chewy (I sat next to a guy at brunch yesterday who was with his dog named Chewy, also the nickname for Chewbaka from Star Wars and generally a humorous adjective.)

Saturday's FWOTD: clunker (only funny if you tried to get cash for yours and you missed the deadline!)

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