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Olde Book Scent

Pleasant 'Olde Book' scent
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Book shaped cardboard hanging from the rear-view mirror, infused with that wonderful smell of Olde Book. (I was inspired by the recent book deoderizer entry). Display your affinity for knowledge while neutralizing the odor of curing glue and plastic! (among... other things)
spacer, Feb 08 2005

New Book Perfume New_20Book_20Perfume
by me. [calum, Feb 08 2005]

Historian's lung http://www.google.c...2&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
"Historian's Lung" is an occcupational illness (like Tennis Elbow or Housemaid's Knee) caused by breathing in fungi spores from old books. [hippo, Feb 12 2005]

Old paper smell Old_20paper_20smell
[angel, Feb 14 2005]


       Strangely nice.
DesertFox, Feb 08 2005

       I have to vote for this.
Detly, Feb 08 2005

       At last, an air freshener for the rest of us.
normzone, Feb 08 2005

       You know you can get high sniffing old moldy books?
Mr Burns, Feb 08 2005

po, Feb 08 2005

       Hey, don't bogart that War 'n Peace!
spacer, Feb 12 2005

       <sneezes> "Olde" books makes me think of dusty libraries.
Machiavelli, Feb 12 2005

       //You know you can get high sniffing old moldy books?//   

       Fungi, my dear. We owe them our lives.   

       [spacer]: leave your car windows partially open as it rains and I promise you, as soon as the water starts drying, your car will smell just like those ancient libraries.   

       Question: Why the "e" in the end of the word "old"? That's something I had never seen before -forgive me, I'm not a native english speaker- Is there a difference in the meaning of the word by attaching or detacching that last letter?
Pericles, Feb 12 2005

       I think that's an "Old English" (not sure if that's the proper term) sort of spelling. One would generally see it in names of businesses like "Ye Olde Book Shoppe" to lend some sort of air of antiquity. It's common enough, but only used for effect. A linguist might be able to give you more information. Do a search on the phrase "Ye Olde" if you want to see more examples. That might help give you a sense of the usage.
half, Feb 12 2005

       [Pericles] - it's simply an archaic usage, from the times when there were far more 'e's around.
Detly, Feb 12 2005

       It must be noted, however, that 'Ye Olde Book Shoppe' is pronounced in exactly the same way as 'The Old Book Shop.
gnomethang, Feb 12 2005

       i beg to differ. i think the usage of the word 'olde' in conversation is pronounced phonetically (oldy) if there is an air of lampooning which is quite common in depicting the 'olde' world. whenever i seem to pass a store or product that has the phrase (usually pre-empted by a casual Ye) the sing song 'oldy' is never far from my lips. maybe this doesnt happen in england where such things might have more meaning/?
benfrost, Feb 12 2005

       In days of yore, English spelling was not standardized, and many writers used different spellings for the same word, sometimes even in the same passage. It was, however, common to use a terminal E, as in 'olde worlde'. This would originally have been pronounced just as 'old world', but, as [benfrost] says, the modern jocular use, indicating twee fakeness, is pronounced 'oldy worldy'.
angel, Feb 12 2005

       Muy interesante.
Pericles, Feb 12 2005

       You said it [ben], I stand by the statement and [angel]'s affirmation
gnomethang, Feb 12 2005

       Actually, I just happened to have an extra 'e' and needed a home for it.
spacer, Feb 12 2005

       //Fungi, my dear. We owe them our lives.//   

       That's the best thing I've read all day.
salachair, Feb 14 2005

       //Fungi, my dear. We owe them our lives.//   

       We do, [pericles]. And stop calling me "Fungi".
wagster, Feb 14 2005

       Yeah, you fungal, stop calling wagster a fungi or fungus will show up.
thumbwax, Feb 14 2005

       the bogeyman?
po, Feb 14 2005

       from the Grapevine Newsletter 1999   


       Reuters: CLINTON DEPLOYS VOWELS TO SERBIA, BOSNIA Residents of Sjlbvdnz, Grzny To Be First Recipients.   

       Before an emergency joint session of Congress today, President Clinton announced US plans to deploy over 75,000 vowels to the war zone. The deployment, the largest of its kind in American history, will provide the region with the critically needed letters A, E, I, O and U and is hoped to render countless names more pronounceable.   

       "For six years, we have stood by while names like Ygrjvslhv and Tzlynhr and Glrm have been horribly butchered by millions around the world." Clinton said Citizens of Grzny and Sjlbvdnzv eagerly await the arrival of the vowels.   

       "My God, I do not think we can last another day," Trszg Grzdnjkin, 44, said. "I have six children and none of them has a name that is understandable to me or to anyone else." Said Sjlbvdnzv resident Grg Hmphrs, 67: "With just a few key letters I could be George Humphries. This is my dream."   

       The airdrop represents the largest deployment of any letter to a foreign country since 1984. During the summer of that year, the US shipped 92,000 consonants to Ethiopia, providing cities like Ouaouoaua, Eaoiluae, and Aao with vital life-giving supplies of L's S's and T's.   

       There is no truth to the rumour that Clinton's next target for assistance with pronunciation is Wales.
dentworth, Feb 14 2005

       Finnish, with words like banaani, tee, viisi, soolo, ruusu, puu, päivää and joo, could spare a few vowels.
FarmerJohn, Feb 15 2005


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