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Is there a gustative equivalent to the olfactory “malodour”?

Is there a gustative equivalent to the olfactory word “malodour”?

Is there a lexical, not imaginary, word that means anything that tastes bad just like “malodour” means anything that smells bad?

  • February 1, 2011
  • Posted by sigurd
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Etymologically, disgusting fits the bill, though we now use the word without any necessary connection to the physical sense of taste. Another word that works is yucky, which also isn't restricted to the sense of taste.

Steve Schwartzman March 28, 2011, 3:52am

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Rancidness? Though that applies to smell as well.

jlunar February 27, 2011, 5:50pm

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I'm looking for a word that denotes/means bad taste.

sigurd February 25, 2011, 9:41am

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How about poison? That's a noun that connotes a bad taste.

pharber-murphy February 25, 2011, 12:50am

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English, please. :)

sigurd February 23, 2011, 10:22am

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What about off-flavour and off-taste? Will they be ok as a noun?

re-gul February 16, 2011, 5:32am

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If there is a single word for anything with a bad flavor, I would suggest avoiding it, as I also suggest avoiding the word "malodour." "Bad taste," and "bad smell" do the job, and anything else smacks of synonym searching.

fmerton February 9, 2011, 9:50am

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Allow me to propose an English equivalent in the Noun category:
olfactory malodour = gustative malsaveur

Love the mental exercise you have triggered. I will be rummaging and ruminating these words for days. I am grateful. I LOVE playing with language(s). LD

leedeemcl February 4, 2011, 1:27pm

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I'd rather use "unpalatable" as an adjective. However, I'm looking for a gustative equivalent to "malodour", a noun.

sigurd February 2, 2011, 6:08am

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While this doesn't exactly answer your question, if you were looking for an analog to "malodorous", I'd suggest simply "bad-tasting". If you accept that "bad-tasting" should be hyphenated, then it would qualify as a single word. Somehow, I can't quite get myself to suggest "bad-taste" for a noun, though.

porsche February 1, 2011, 7:30pm

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Ignore the second paragraph. I'm looking for a word for "bad taste".

sigurd February 1, 2011, 5:02pm

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I have to say, I love the way you phrased the question. You are really just asking for a word that means bad taste, right?

"Malodor", according to my dictionary, is not a thing that smells bad; it means bad smell. So, are you asking for a word equivalent of bad taste, or a thing that tastes bad?

Dyske February 1, 2011, 3:39pm

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