It's time for another vocabulary lesson, faithful readers. In light of her recent passing, I have begun reading Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot. In the very first chapter, I came across this descriptive little sentence describing the room she lived in her senior year of college:
"The closed windows shut out neither the tremendous crash and clatter of early morning collections nor the noisome effluvium of the day's cooking."Noisome effluvium? Effluvium? I had to consult my trusty dictionary.
effluvium (noun): an unpleasant or harmful odor, secretion, or discharge
I'm not sure what I thought "effluvium" might mean, but I was not expecting that. I decided to look up "noisome" too, for good measure:
noisome (adjective): having an extremely offensive smell; disagreeable; unpleasant; harmful, noxious
I'm not sure what they were cooking at Wheaton College back in the 1940s, but I'm glad I wasn't there to smell it.
Does your cooking produce noisome effluvium? I mean, my kitchen still reeks of last night's tacos (no worries, I'm about to go bust out the febreeze), but I wouldn't exactly call it noisome effluvium...