Nov 21Liked by Nathaniel Hendrix

I've always found it strange how few words we have for smells and whether that's cultural or neurological. I'm pretty much completely incapable of describing a smell with anything other than comparing it to another smell. Imagine how strange it would be if we couldn't describe the way something looks as anything other than "that looks like a tree" or "that looks like a rock." And yet, for those of us who aren't perfumers, that's about the best we've got for a pretty important sense that can save your life if there's a fire or spoiled food. I found this to be an unsatisfactory explanation: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/11/the-vocabulary-of-smell/414618/

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