Nidorosity

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Nidoros’ity, n. a belching up the taste of roast meat.

Word in the Wild: A guest’s nidorosity after a meal may be either a compliment to the chef or a sign that the entrée had spoiled.

According to the OED this word is now obsolete: we can hope this is because the condition has been vanquished, but I suspect that a few cases still crop up from time to time. Although this word is a little distasteful (if you’ll pardon the pun), I found I couldn’t resist including it here. There’s something about the existence of such extraordinarily specific words that delights me.

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