Ryan’s Word 3/26: effluvia

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Word of the Day | 0 comments

For the last several weeks, my husband has been writing a word of the day–not necessarily every day, but a few a week at least–for me on the whiteboard between our offices. He’s a word-maniac, to put it mildly. The words he’s come up with are sometimes obscure, but always interesting, so I’ve decided to share them.

Today’s word is effluvia, noxious odors or gases.

A word from earlier this week is really what made me want to post these, so today you get two. Impluvium is a Roman architectural term for a cistern present in courtyards of Roman buildings. Check out a Google images search to see some very neat pictures of these.

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