Il Paroliere: Italian Word of the Week-37

Raymond_Queneau‘Macchiffastapuzza? Doukipudonktan? Wazzisorriblstink? C’è da tapparsi le froge.’ ‘This, dear lady, is Barbouze, a perfume from the noble House of Fior’. ‘Barbouze Pour Homme?’ Indeed – the fragrance to which Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez (Perfumes: The Guide) would surely have applied one of their harshest judgements: ‘truly loathsome, perceptible even at parts-per-billion levels and at all times incompatible with others’ enjoyment of food, music, sex and travel. Please wear it at home exclusively and tape the windows shut’. Oulipò! Concetta, un chiarimento, please …

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