Another new word for me today. You may know that I am a pluviophile – a lover of rain.
I have written about walking in the rain several times in the past. More particularly last year when the only independent way of getting around was to walk.
And today I found another new word Petrichor – the smell of the earth after the rain.
Wikipedia tells us “Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrᵻkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek πέτρα petra, meaning “stone”, and ἰχώρ īchōr, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.”
I am sure you all know that smell. It’s almost as if the earth is saying, OK time to wake up and start reproducing the flowers, trees, vegetables etc. I love that smell and am so glad that I found the word. But I do wonder when I shall use either or both of these words and in what context.
We haven’t had any rain for several days so I am sure I shall smell petrichor again soon and I am sure that some of my friends in the Northern Hemisphere would welcome a little rain at present.
And now, as I don’t have anything else to share today, I shall go out for coffee with my daughter and then return to read more of your posts this afternoon.
But first, I shall drink this cup of tea.
No matter how dark the night we know that whatever happens,
the sun will rise tomorrow and then all the shadows
will be chased away.”
Judith Baxter 1938 –