It’s a mild, cloudy afternoon. You’re on a bush trail and the earth is dry beneath you. All of a sudden, you feel a drop. Then another. The sky slides open to release a fine drizzle and the raindrops make soggy little craters in the soil.
What can you smell?
Imagine it for a moment. Can you smell that delightful, wet, earthy aroma?
That scent, which is always present when rain falls on dry soil, is called petrichor.
The word was coined in 1964 by Australian Scientists and originates from the Greek words petra, which means “stone”, and īchōr, the fluid which pulsates through the veins of the Gods.
Next time petrichor hits you remember that, like most things, it has a name.
Excellent words are worth remembering.