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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 2nd July 2022
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foetid or fetid (adjective) FETT-id

Stinking, having a rotten or offensive smell.

The wind swept aside the foetid air of the compartment as the door was unbolted.

Gerald Seymour, Archangel. Amazon

The atmosphere was foetid and the squalor, filth and stench were indescribable.

United Kingdom Council for Human Rights, Of Germs, Genes and Genocide (1989). UK Council for Human Rights

It's a question that's been on my mind recently, as I struggle with a litter problem that has made our once-pleasant suburban street a festering stew of foetid sweet papers and fast food detritus.

Will Duguid, Guardian Unlimited, 5 May 2007.
Guardian Unlimited

(The fact that most of these fetid pensées spring from a disembodied head of Orpheus, conjured by Fallok and often taking the form of a cabbage or a soccer ball, doesn’t even begin to excuse them.)

Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times, 2 September 2007, New York Times
reviewing Russell Hoban's Linger Awhile. Amazon

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