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Ozostomia

Halitosis, foul-smelling breath.

Origin

This very useful noun stems from the Greek compound of two words- ozein, meaning to smell and stoma, standing for mouth.

Why his word?

Ever since learning it, I use it about twice a week! No one knows it, and so knowing it allows you to share the bad breath of your neighbor while sitting next to him or her, without jeopardizing your relationship with the foul-smelling person.

I can’t really advocate for ozostomia being a great word or as one adding extra value to one’s existence, but not all additions to our vocabulary are so profound…  As human beings, living is society, this word is a must word to have.

How to use ozostomia?

This is a noun representing a given state, you would use it in the same way you’d use headache..

David has a severe case of ozostomia this morning.. Can you offer him a piece of gum?”

You should brush your teeth before leaving for school; no one likes ozostomia!”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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