Friday, April 6, 2012

A to Z Challenge: F - Fetor

Fetor

Finally! A word I've actually used in my own writing. Sure, I've only done it once, but it still counts. Let's get right down to business.

fe·tor also foe·tor [fē-tər] n. an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench

Synonyms: malodor, malodour, reek, stench, stink, mephitis

Etymology: “offensive smell,” mid-15c., from L. fetor, foetor, from fetere (see fetid).

This one ended up so short! Oh well, it's Friday. Have a great weekend, everybody.

74 comments:

Sarah Pearson said...

The nearest I've ever come to this one is fetid :-)

maine character said...

Think I'll name a character Fetor.

Huntress said...

Good Grief! It sounds like the smell it describes! I love words like that.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Love it. If it was an offensive smell that came from space, would it be a Feteor?


Jamie
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Old Kitty said...

This is one smelly post!
:-)

Take care
x

Jen Chandler said...

Why does every word that has to do with something smell so funny sounding? I haven't used this one before, but now I just might!

Happy Friday!
Jen

Anna Smith said...

Oh I like this word. Too bad it means something horrible and smelly :)

Universal Gibberish

ediFanoB said...

Fetor is a new word to me. The German meaning is Gestank. So far I used stink.

Have a Happy Easter weekend.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A new word for me also, it's good to learn new words, never know when they may be needed in writing,

Have a good week-end.
Yvonne.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maine Character's comment cracked me up!

Laurita said...

That's gross, and oddly it's a word I could definitely use.

rch said...

Never used that one though I sure have experienced it now and then - PU!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Love learning another new word. Have a great weekend.

LM Preston said...

Great new word. When I'm told the letter is 'F' I initially had thoughts of naughty words.

farawayeyes said...

new word for me.

JeffO said...

I've seen fetid, but don't recall fetor. Well done, sir.

Can we see the example?

momto8 said...

I try and learn a new word a day...this will go over very well in a house full of boys!!
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Zan Marie said...

Ick! A word that sounds like it smells. ; )

Sandra Tyler said...

I like the yucky taste of that word. May work it into my own writing.

Bish Denham said...

I was gonna say it sounded like fetid, but you got that (see fetid) so I don't have anything more to say. :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That reminds me that the litterbox needs scooping.

DL Hammons said...

Ahhhhhh....I like that one! I'm writing that one down! Happy Friday to you as well! :)

Danielle B. said...

I can smell that from here! No - wait - that's my trash.

Arika Yasmine said...

Wow, there's a meaning of Fetor!
I'll name something with Fetor :P

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Melanie said...

Ooohhh fancy. I imagine Fetor as a bald man in his 60s who likes to chomp on cigars.

Rusty Webb said...

Never used Fetor before in a sentence. Wait, I suppose I did in my previous sentence. Fetid, I've used tons of times. So, I'm really close on this one.

Glynis said...

A word I used in my nursing finals exam! Wow, memories of *cough* years, thanks!

Tonja said...

I love the array of words we can use to describe something yucky.

SA Larsenッ said...

Okay. I'm not even going there. All I'll say is that I live with F...our guys. Fetor.

Joshua said...

And any parent out there will automatically link this word to a baby's diaper once they switch to solid foods.

I just gagged thinking about that.

Em-Musing said...

I see now, fetor is the root stink word of fetid...which I have used.

Shannon... said...

I love this theme idea (so many great words to include, how do you chose?!)...though today's post is a bit stinky, tee hee hee. Good luck with the Challenge.
Shannon

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I've been known to release my own fetor from time-to-time.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Ew. I think I've smelled that a time or, too. =D

Guilie said...

Great word! i'm a fan of using (or trying to use) the sense of smell in my writing, so there's a bunch of "reek" and "stench" in there, and this is a welcome addition to the arsenal :) Thanks!

Tasha Seegmiller said...

Hmmm...I haven't ever written this word. Unfortunately I have experienced this word...

Nancy Thompson said...

Ooh, that's a good one! Never heard it before. Such a wordsmith you are! Still learning!!

Tracy Jo said...

Peee--eeew! :-) Happy Friday!

Nancy said...

Hello! First off, any post that includes a petri dish is OK in my book. Interested to know the context of your word of the day usage. :)

Nancy said...

Hello! First off, any post that includes a petri dish is OK in my book. Interested to know the context of your word of the day usage. :)

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

This sounds like the kind of word one uses when describing the strongholds of evil people in fantasy fiction. Bubbling fetor...gross undead...that kind of thing.

Rick Daley said...

Dude, that stinks ;-)

Jessica Salyer said...

You got me again. :)

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Jemi Fraser said...

Nice! I didn't realize there was noun form of fetid. I like it!

Johanna Garth said...

Never heard this word before and hoping I have no reason to use it today!

Brinda said...

I've never said that word. I used "fetid."

Heather M. Gardner said...

That is a great word.
I have a lot of that around here with 4 cats and 2 men.
HMG

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

never heard of this one! is it related to fetid?
that petry dish reminds me that i need to clean out my fridge sometime...

Lynn Proctor said...

very vivid word

About JollyJilly said...

doesnt sound too pleasant but its my new word for today lol
Hate to think what G is going to be for lol
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Susan Kane said...

I must remember to use that word in my writing!

Suze said...

Fettered by stench ...

Elana Johnson said...

I'm not sure if I should applaud you for using this word in your writing, or run away screaming... I mean. FETOR? Never heard of it. I am so not a vocab person.

Kristen Pelfrey said...

You're right. I can take a hint. Am going to do dog run duty right now.

Christine Rains said...

I've never heard of that word, but now I've got to use it somewhere!

Ted Cross said...

Ah, yes. You are a great lover of unusual but fantastic words. I remember your joy when I used the word susurrus in my book! Isn't language strange and wonderful!

~Sia McKye~ said...

aka, the leftover refrigerator experiment--or just plain forgotten. My son's shoes-fetor.

I have a dog that should be renamed and called Fetor, trust me, after 5 minutes in his presences, you'd agree.

Have a great weekend, Matt!

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

D.G. Hudson said...

I'm allergic to that stuff, or anything related to it.

No thanks re your dog. Fetor is very close to fetid in name and meaning.

D.G. Hudson said...

Sorry, Matt, that comment re the dog was regarding Sia's previous comment. Oops.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

I have used it in my writing before! Once :-) Time to use it again. Thanks for reminding me of another word for stench, which I've used too much, haha.

Bushman said...

Funky! here from the A to Z. I will be back to read up on you. Interesting blog. Thanks!

Cassie Mae said...

I think it's pretty funny that the word sounds like feet. :)

mshatch said...

I love discovering interesting words I can use. Fetor is a good one; I may borrow it :)

Sonia Lal said...

LOL How did you use this word?

Ishta Mercurio said...

Good word! I love words that allude to the disgusting. How weird is that?

I'd love to see how you used this one.

Jessica Salyer said...

Sorry about earlier, my computer went a little haywire. ;)

Simon Kewin said...

Another great word. Enjoying these!

Dana said...

What a great word! I agree with the person above who said it would make a great character's name. LOL

Christine said...

Ok, that picture says it all!

I'm an A -Z blogger, and I really like your theme for the month!

Christine@
Coffee in the Garden
In the Care of the Great Physician

A Quiet Corner said...

I remember that word...back when my son lived home!...:)JP

Wine and Words said...

You post the definition of a word and get 73 blog comments???? Dang, you are somethin MacNish! I gotta bleed my eyeballs onto a page to draw 6 or 8. Something "stinks" about that! LOL.