The Nose Knows
ere is a challenge for you.
Find several words in English
that may be used to describe
No, I do not mean things that smell
nice, but words that describe a pleasant
smell. OK, I'll give you aroma.
Now, come up with many words that
describe bad smells. And your list goes on!
What does that tell you about the socie-
ty in which we live with its pervasive "aro-
mas" of garbage, smoke, pollution and
According to the commercials, through-
out the media, we must use all sorts of personal hygiene
deodorizers and mouth sprays just to make being with us
tolerable through the day.
Our homes must be treated with room
deodorizers (choose from heated and
scented to sprays to stick-ups).
Do you remember when coming home
to the smell of cooking garlic or roasting
meat was a delight? Now we must make
the kitchen a sterile zone as far as the nose
Take heart; once the new car smell has
worn off from your vehicle, you can pur-
chase a spray of "new leather" and when
that wears thin there are always the little
hanging pine trees.
It is no wonder that detergents that
smell like the outdoors are so popular;
we are so sealed up in our air-condi-
tioned homes that opening a bottle of
that stuff would lead to. a "nature high."
Many years ago, when cigarettes were
not the ostracized objects they are today,
one manufacturer used the slogan, "Smoke (blank) — it's
springtime!" Well, I do not know whose springtime they
were thinking of, but mine better not have those carcino-
When people did not bathe, or did so rarely, it is no
wonder that perfumes were popular. Have you ever seen
period-piece movies when men and women had large
handkerchiefs tucked in their sleeves? It was not just a
fashion; they often held them to their noses to ward off
something (someone?) malodorous.
Give a thought to all the expressions we have to describe
situations that do not "smell right" or that come up
"smelling like a rose." Consider: "I smell a rat:" "There is
something fishy here." "Something's rotten in the state of
So, how are you coming with your list? Odor? I don't
think so; it's too often negative. Smell? Well,
maybe when used with the item that smells
nice; but by itself, it's negative. Smoky? Well, if
you are a barbecue fan, but after that?
Now, what about your negative list? Putrid,
musty, rotten, stink, stench, odor, scent,
musky, etc. Hmmm.
If it helps at all, you may want to counter
that list with things you enjoy smelling. I am
particularly fond of the new leather smell,
chocolate, freshly mown grass, chocolate, baby
powder, chocolate, coconut oil, chocolate,
vanilla, chocolate — well, you get the
When you can promote the nice-smell
theory, do so and enjoy the "sweet smell
of success." If you can cut down on the
negative, do so. Just keep in mind that the
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'America cannot and will not dictate
to the State of Israel. We have a very
strong tradition of cooperation and
friendship that runs deep. We share
values with the United States. There
may be differences between friends,
and this is legitimate."
— Minister of Education, Culture and
Sport Limor Livnat, Israel's
top-ranking woman in government;
quoted in an interview in Hadassah
magazine's October issue.
The U.N. puts on a "fair" punim*
For Israelis, while trying to run 'em
Right into the sea.
If you're asking me,
With chaverim** like that, who needs
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Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.