Word Of The Week: Smellfungus

I had not heard this word until this week. It sort of demanded that I share. So, what is a smellfungus?

Smellfungus (smel-FUNG-uhs): noun, A habitual faultfinder or complainer, an excessively faultfinding person.

After Smelfungus, a hypercritical character in Laurence Sterne’s 1768 novel, A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy.

SYNONYMS: cognoscente, commentator, connoisseur, <critic, knocker, muckraker, nitpicker, pettifogger, quibbler, reviewer, scholiast, scold, editor,frondeur

From Urban Dictionary:

a person who bitches, pisses and moans, and gripes about absolutely everything.

Usage: My wife was the quintessential smellfungus. No matter what I did or said, nothing was good enough. She was on me like a June bug on a porch light.

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S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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