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Language of Air Diction(airy)

The Language of Air Diction(airy) is a crowd-sourced dictionary of made-up, re-purposed, and imaginative meldings of words in service to heretofore unexpressed qualities of air. The words compiled so far were collected at a book fair, submitted through a contest, and generated by the Language of Air working group.

The quality of the air at one’s birth. Often seen as inherently tolerable as it was a backdrop of a generation’s early development.
Ty Otis

Adant (ad’ent); adjective
A staleness in air quality that affects behavior negatively.
His demeanor had turned adant, and without meaning to, he hurt her feelings, simply telling her no.
-Kris Lee

Aeolietta (ee’-o-lee-et-a); noun
A gentle wind or soft breeze. Origin: Aeolus from the Greek, god and ruler of the wind; -etta from the Italian diminutive form.
In winter, the prairie wind was so wild that Silvia felt she might be lifted away, but now, in the still months of the summer, only a timid aeolietta would graze the golden grass of the Great Plains.
-Nicolette Cagle

Airaid (air aid) Origin: air + aid.
Any tool or instrument that functions to alter the quality of air in our surroundings, i.e. a filter in a smokestack, a face mask.
Engineers rushed to come up with the best new airaid designs for cleaning carbon emissions from the Shanghai industrial zone.
-The Gymnasium

 Air shadow
The film left on objects by smog.
The windows of every building were veiled in air shadows.

Air which appears to have its own, hostile agenda.
An airgressive blast of window pushed my newspaper down the street.
-Kevin Fenton

Airlairium  aer-laer-ree-um
The bubble energy zone that surrounds each individual. The highly individual protected space that roundly frames a human. Origin: Air -The theme, Lair-A resting place, a living space, Aquarium- A glass sided bowl where living things are kept, Terrarium-An enclosed container for growing plants and being inside them as well as wearing them.
I was surprised to see how his airlairium seemed so familiar.
As I get older I notice and like how my airlairium shifts and expands.
-Yvonne Cheek

Anairectic (ann your eck tic) adj.
Deoxygenated air that has become dangerously thin. Origin: suggested by the condition of anorexia, n. 16th century: via late Latin from Greek, from an- ‘without’ + orexis ‘appetite.’
The flight team determined that the conditions on Saturn’s moon had become too anairectic for the capsule to open its remote exchange vents.
-The Gymnasium

Anemific   an-eem-IF-ic:
The quality of a space with anemic, really poor WiFi connection.
Their new apartment was completely anemific; Maggie found that she could not even load her Facebook news feed with the terrible WiFi connection in the air.
-Rachel Mazac

Apeiron  ah-pay-ron; noun:
The ancient Ionian philosopher, Anaximander, believed that the cosmos, that is to say, everything, originated from a misty, airy stuff. This he called, which later came to mean boundless/infinite.
Anaximander was teaching a few of his students about the infinite. When Anaximander said “apeiron,” the student of his who most often daydreamed, Zeno, snapped out of a reverie and missed the first portion of the word “apeiron.” Zeno only heard: heron. And since herons are birds, do indeed fly through the boundless sky, through the visible cosmos, it made sense to Zeno that Anaximander would say “heron”. Zeno then began using the word “Eroni” [pronounced air-own–eye] which stems from the word, heron, to describe the air.
-Katherine Villa

Aquaminous  ah-KWA-mi-nuhs
The quality of air just before a rainfall; origin: the Latin aqua, meaning water, and ominous, meaning foreboding.
The sky was heavy and dark, and the air felt aquaminous, giving Deborah doubts about the prospects for today’s picnic.
-Mo Perry

Aridren  arid’rən
Dry like quality unable to sustain any life force (vegetation, animals, humans, etc)
Origin: (Latin) Arere – be dry or parched, (Middle English) Barren – too poor to produce much or any vegetation.
The aridren air caused the forest to become a very hazardous place because everything was susceptible to a fire.​
-Lily Duong

Arala  ah-rah-lah
air, sky, atmosphere directly around the earth.
As she fell through the arala, the sensation was so enjoyable that her mind struggled to pinpoint the perfect moment to open her parachute.
-Jeanne Leimkuhler

Auriforous are-if-for-us
A sound experience shaded by multiple layers of tonality and range to result in an aural experience of delicious ferocity.
The many-layered murmurings of sound the orchestra made as it tuned up outdoors in the clear fall evening made for a deliciously auriferous experience!
-Joan Gilmore

Baxogynated  backs-ahj-in-ate-ed
When the air smells clear as if it has been washed with water and hand soap (bathroom plus oxygenated).
He was disappointed that he had run out of hot water for his shower, but the baxogynated air soothed his nerves.
-Delaney Pederson

Bau-du-sey a stinky smell of an afternoon aroma of sex. People not clean sometimes smell like it.
That room of theres (sic) smells like Baudusey.
-Mia Morrison

Besmelched  bə -sməlchəd, alt. be-sməl-chəd
Contaminated by bad odor.
Origins: early 20th century colloquialism arising in the context of The Trail Smelter Arbitration that involved fumes discharged from a Canadian smelter polluting air in neighboring United States.
The breeze, besmelched by the pet food factory, irritated bikers on their morning ride. The bikers named the smokestack “Besmelching Behemoth.”
The air was besmelched by odors wafting from the pet food factory.
Welling Hall

Breeny  bree-ney
A slight breeze giving a “phween” sound.
The air was all silent, but it was breeney. It felt cool and crisp.
Miranda Bance

Breathable  breeth-ah-bul
Pure oxygen in a bottle.
Kids, don’t forget your breathables.
Jeanne Leimkuhler

Cafillution  kai-fee-lü-shən
Smog or fog, combination of smoke and other atmospheric contaminants.
Origin: Had been created by combination of a Latin word “caelum”,”fimus” suffix “ution”.
The word caelum in Latin means “sky”. “The Latin Word Caelum has many meanings, mainly: sky, heaven.’’ The word fimus in Latin means “dirt”. “The Latin word for Dirt is Fimus, Fimus is defined as: dung, dirt, filth, manure.”
Cafillution is really harmful for public health because of the concentration of it on the ground ozone level.
Denis Kostyrin

Cheetal  CHEE-tl
To overtake a vehicle with stale suburban air, often infused with the odor of fast food wrappers, air freshener, and an awareness of your social class.
Origins: Californian, exact origins disputed. Some linguists attribute to: Cheetos, a neon orange junk food; and total, to destroy something completely. Other theories include: cheated, to deceive, deprive of something expected; and Glendale, a city in SW California. Common usage is past tense.
Betsy, your car is totally cheetaled. Maybe we should let it air out before we drive to Disney World.Kate Tarker

Circaquas  sir-KA-kwas
The quality of air just after a rainfall.
Origin: The Latin circa, meaning around, and the Latin aqua, meaning water.
“The rain had passed, leaving the high desert circaquas, glistening, and smelling of sage.”
Mo Perry

Circumnebulate  sərkəm’nebyə,lāt
to surround or engulf in dense fog esp. when near a body of water.
to bewilder, confuse, confound
Origins: From Latin circum: about; around and Latin nebula: mist
As we drew closer to Lake Superior our car became circumnebulated by a fog so fat that our headlights reflected off the density like a screen in an IMAX movie theater.
-Ross Hernandez

Claporous (klah’ pore us) adj.
Air that is punched with oxygen blasts and sounds of thunder indicating that rain is likely. Origin: from clap + porous.
Lucile revelled in the electrical summer afternoon as the sunlit atmosphere turned dark and claporous.
-The Gymnasium

Derived from current words such as clean, clear, crisp, wispy – also somewhat provides a nod to the natural occurrence of an eclipse.
After walking out of the stuffy building, I drank in the clispy air outside.
Have a clispy breath of fresh air today!
-Jacqueline M Christensen

Cryoxysm  krī-‘ak-si-zəm
The sudden, painful sensation that comes with the first breath of very cold air, often provoking a choking or coughing response.
Origins: from the Greek root cryo, meaning ‘icy cold’, and the medical term paroxysm, meaning ‘a sudden and uncontrollable attack’ (in turn from the Greek oxys, meaning ‘sharp’).
On exiting the climate controlled airport in Reykjavik, Margaret coughed in cryoxysm in the subzero temperatures.
A muffler done up about the nose and mouth will prevent the wearer from experiencing cryoxysm when going out into the cold air.
-Alex Mitchell

Daspid  dass-pid
The way that cool air feels after being somewhere stuffy or humid.
After hours of cooking, Elijah left the kitchen and walked into the daspid evening.
Mary couldn’t wait for school to end so she could play soccer with her friends in the daspid sunshine. -Celeste

Destaegent  deh-stay-gent
The declining of a pleasant smell.
Origin: Latin, de- meaning “from”, “off”, or “reverse” and gen- meaning “produce”. Old North French decair, de-+cair to fall
Julia walked into the storage shed looking for cans of peaches. She noticed there was a foul odor in the air. The sack of potatoes had become destaegent.
-Konita Sasraku

Origins: Combination of Eco for ecological and tastrophe, which, according to Urban Dictionary, is already a “versitile suffix that can be appended to any noun to indicate that a catastrophe/failure has happened with it.”
“Marooned beside their bikes, looking out over the torrent that was gushing out of the storm sewer and had already covered their urban commute with a sudden river, the two cyclists contemplated the ecotastrophe they had hoped their fervent pedaling would assuage.”
“Waking up to the ecotastrophe that has their southern neighbors trudging miles, sometimes violently, in search of food and water, northern hemisphere residents are beginning alternately to harden their borders and to soften their hearts.”
-Ranae Hanson

Enamorous   en-AM-or-us
The feeling that love is in the air.
Emily came home on their anniversary to her house to find several candles lit and rose petals lining the hallway; the enamorous scene hit her and all her stress melted away.
– Rachel Mazac

Envirolism  En vi ro lism
The spread of information and concern about the environment.
There is capitalism, communism—but now we need envirolism
-Margaret Telfer

Euphairia  u-fair-ee-ah
That first breath of fresh air that floods you with joy.
Speeding down the path on her bike, she gulped the euphairia.

Exohalation   ekso-hal-‘eyshun  The general atmospheric condition of one’s environment as observed from within a building or other structure with windows.
From Ancient Greek, éksō, “outer, external” + Latin, hālō “breathe”;
“As the board meeting dragged on and on that day, I found myself staring out the conference room windows. My gaze was drawn to a nearby playground, where the children delighted in the exohalation that seemed to fill their lungs with energy and enthusiasm.”
-Tom Lewis

Flaufable  flau fa ble
The air today is simply flaufable- giddy with flaufable feeling.
Anne Labovitz

Fleche  flet-sh:
A quality of clear air, reminiscent of flight.
From fletching an arrow.
At that altitude, the air was fleche—if she closed her eyes, she could almost feel the ground begin to leave her feet.
-Calvin Burkhart

Freshastical  fresh-a- stical
Air that is fresh and fantastic—leaving the one in it’s presence refreshed and feeling positive and hopeful
The freshastical air brushed against her skin lifting her sad thoughts and leaving her with new hopes for the future.
-Chris Orvis

Freverent   fr-EV-er-ant
The ambiance of a room, or space that is consummate for making long-lasting interpersonal connections with friends and acquaintances
After the crowds had left the party, the few who remained in the freverent space vacated by the masses talked for long hours into the night, each only regretfully succumbing to sleep in the last moments of the early morning light.
-Rachel Mazac

Froco  fro-co:
Air that is in between frozen and cold.
The froco air swept her hair leaving it stiff and straight with tiny little ice balls that looked like diamonds.
-Violet Orvis

GPSence  jē • pē • `esǝns
noun: the singular blend of air quality, texture and smells identified with a specific metropolitan location or region.
“Now, I know we’re in San Francisco,” Kimi sighed, closing her eyes and enjoying the familiar GPSence of bay laurel, the slight crackle of sea air, soy sauce, and urine.”
-John Capecci

Hucy  hue-key
A humid and or sticky climate.
It’s hucy out.
-Pierre LaPlant

A smell which is both repellant and appealing, or perhaps appealing in a surprising way, from a smell which is usually unpleasant.
From French jolie-laide, meaning literally “pretty-ugly” and describing the type of attractiveness that seems as though it would be ugly, and yet is pretty.
-Anastasia Quintana

Libraire (lee brair’)
Origins:  Fr. pronunciation library from liberlibr-‘book’ + air.
A library of air filled with the currents we read, the souls that harry, swerve, flit, whisper, inform. Air that carries images that have been in that place for aeons.
The libraire on this island is filled with images of ancient Caribs buried with beads and feathers–their feet facing the sea.
-The Gymnasium

Lightspunair   light-spun-air
spun from light, the origin of air.
Under a deep blue sky, sailing along, breathing deep the lightspunair of what will be a day to remember.
-Jana Freiband

Litness   lit’nes
noun: The quality of outdoor air that appears to be three dimensional when light exposes humidity.
I was struck, on a fall day last week, by the litness of the air between the Stone Arch Bridge and the Mississippi River and downtown Minneapolis.
-JoAnn Verburg

Litoreous  lit-or-ee-us:
The smell of cat feces in the air.
The litoreous smell coming from the cat’s litter box was unbearable.
-Olivia Thompson

Loftdread  lȯft-dred
A change in the air that is foreboding, like when there are unexpected changes in light, temperature and air pressure. The hint of a storm, the rise of breeze or a sudden stillness, often bring on headaches, tingling spines, changes in mood.
Origins in the ancient Norn language once spoken in the Orkney and Shetland Islands of the North Atlantic. The inhabitants developed a keen sense for change in the air because their islands have always been exposed to turbulent weather that sweeps in from as far north as the Arctic. According to their ancient beliefs, order in the world was maintained by three godesses who labored day and night, weaving threads of past, present and future together. The sudden feeling of loftdread meant that their work had hit a snag, things were unraveling-anything could happen.
“Suddenly his mother’s laughter trailed off. Jamie heard the steady pat-pat of waves against the boat. His eye followed the rippled tin surface of the water to the horizon where it met a cloud curtain behind which the sun dangled, a dull coin. It was calm and yet his mother shuddered. Exchanging urgent glances, Jamie set to dropping sails while his mother prepared to heave to. There was no need to discuss the loftdread they both felt.”
-Lisa Steinmann




Clear sky
Origins: combination of lucid and cielo, Italian for sky
The lucielo proved to be as beautiful a sight as any, with not a single cloud obstructing its magnificence.
-Henry Gamble

Lung-Coffee  ləŋ * ˈk -fē
A clear gas as necessary for human survival as actual coffee. Not as tasty as actual coffee but one can still add sugar and milk if put in a cup.
Origins: Slang from Pawnee, Indiana. Derived from the English Lung, either one of the two organs that people and animals use to breathe air. And Coffee, a dark brown drink made from ground coffee beans and boiled water.
“The first thing I do when I wake up is have a big gulp of Lung-Coffee.”
“I take my Lung-Coffee raw, organic, and vegan.”
-Daniel Park

Megalway  mee-guh-wae
Definition: A toxic and dangerous gas found in the air.
Jordan felt sick from breathing in the megalway caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
Megan Alwin

Memair   A smell that triggers a strong sense of nostalgia.
It’s a simple combination of the words “memory” and “air.”
“The sweet, almost peppery scent of lilacs wafts over the chain link fence and Jocelyn stops to pick a bunch, transported by the memair of the lilacs that lined the driveway of her childhood home.”
Preston Drum

Niya ​  nee-ya
To inhale a deep, refreshing, breath into the lungs and exhale with great force.
Anna Holmes

Omniprana   om-ni-prana or omni prana
My life force is in every breath. It is omniprana.
Deirdre Murnane

Oodine  OO-deen
Characterized by the devastating beauty of haze or smog.
Origins: ooh, an interjection of surprise, pleasure, pain, etc; and Ondine, the beautiful nymph from European mythology.
Her adulterous husband had promised her every waking breath, so she cursed him: He could breathe while awake, but would stop breathing if ever he slipped into sleep.
L.A. poets loved to rhapsodize over the oodine night air.
Kate Tarker

Paperplin  pay’-per-plin
The gas or gases arising from pulp and paper production.
Origins: paper from the middle English for material manufactured from wood pulp commonly used for writing, drawing, or wrapping and plin from the Croatian for the gaseous state of matter.
Jeb could hardly wait to leave Knoxville. He rolled down his windows, hoping to draw in a lungful of fresh air, only to find the foothills of the Appalachians saturated with the acrid smell of paperplin.
Nicolette Cagle

Plauerra   plaw-era
A moment of sudden realization accompanied by a swift intake of breath.
He looked up and there she was – his wife – in her panties, coming down the stairs. The guests, in one loud plauerra, regarded her with derision and disgust. So did he. But his wife was indifferent. In fact, she seemed pleased by the reaction and began to sing.
Kris Lee

Purgent  per’junt
Having a strong, pungent odor that feels unhealthy, or germ-riddenorigins: purge from…the Latin purgare, to pour out; and germ, a microorganism, especially one that causes disease.
Mathilda could not describe the quality of the air she had experienced in her elderly father’s room at Mount Holly Home for the Aged. She wanted the right word to describe the smell that felt as if it might infect her if she breathed too deeply. “The room’s air is purgent,” she said. “I tried hard not to breathe it in, for fear of coming down with some kind of airborne disease.”
-The Gymnasium

Of air possessing the quality of being fresh in a way that compels one to breath the air deeply; full of oxygen. From Latin philo, for love, and Latin oxy, for oxygen.
Taylor surveyed the Rocky mountains as they dropped dramatically from her feet and rose in craggy breaks; she breathed in the oxyphilic air triumphantly.
Anastasia Quintana

Pizzair  peh-zehr
Air so filled with random “toppings” you can taste it.
The global atmosphere filled with an assortment of manmade chemicals, visible and invisible, so that it is no longer “air” in the classical sense.
From the Italian pizzare: filled with fun random stuff mostly bad for you; from Latin pizzium: unclean bathroom, a mess; from Greek pittyos: sad, crowded; from proto-Indo-European pit: pollution; from Indo-European p(aspirated): gunk.
The Beijing pizzair: a gray crust covered with fiery cinders and miasmic gloom.
The Neapolitan pizzair: A colorful variety of toxic chemicals over terrazzo.
The Montreal Protocol pizzair: For those on a diet, a reduction of CFCs and HCFC’s over a thin ozone layer.
The Putin pizzair: a vile concoction of distasteful arrogance over a thin potato/vodka stew of despair.
The pornographic pizzair: a tasteless combination of tasteless combinations.
The Mitch McConnell pizzair: Doesn’t exist, Isn’t happening, there is no such thing as pizzair.
-James P. Lenfestey

Primeomniprescient   prahym om ni prĕshˈənt
Noun: All that surrounds us and interconnects us. The movement of invisible particles of air pushing against one another that cascade in advance of the movement of objects – like that of a stone rippling a pond. Derived from prime, meaning of the first importance; omni, meaning all; and prescient, meaning knowledge before existence.
He turned his body, twisting, enveloped in the primeomniprescient as he danced to the drumbeats.
She raced forward, her strong muscles penetrating the primeomniprescient and leaving a trail behind for others to follow.
Beth Swan

Pulmonic  pʌlˈmɒnɪk; pʊl-
Of or relating to the lungs. Nature abhors a vacuum, but can be lulled by the harmonics. Pleasant to the ear, and restorative to the lungs—a human vacuum that treats oxygen as clear running water, or harmonious sounds—breathing in must be followed by breathing out. Last breath, no more breathing in. The oasis has dried up, the winds have swallowed it and buried it in sand (see Wheeze, below).
Michael Maupin

Ramaline  ra’ ma leen
Referring to an air quality without the pollution of sulfur dioxide in which the sensitive shrubby and leafy lichen belonging to the genus Ramalina can flourish.
The beautiful child was named Rama because she had been born outside in the fresh ramaline atmosphere of the Icelandic countryside.
Judy Main

Reexious: reek-shus
So foul as to be harmful to one’s health or well-being.
Betty covered her mouth and started coughing; it was as if her lungs were revolting against the reexious odor coming from the men’s locker room. ​
Danielle Seeger

Sanabile   san-i-bile: a smell of bile and salt
Origin: drinking salt water can make you vomit, which has bile in it.
The sanabile at the beach ensured no people would be there.
William B. Rang

Sbeachalty  s-beech-ahl-tee: the smell of the ocean air
When I swam in the ocean, I smelled sbeachalty.
Miralena Smith

Siliant  sill-yunt
caused by large amounts of oxygen to the brain resulting in a sustained sense of euphoria.
Standing on the balcony of his room on the cruise ship, Harry could hardly believe, after years of saving money and planning, that he finally was taking a cruise. He waved to the strangers below, siliant and elated at the adventure that lay ahead.
Kris Lee

Slorge:  slawrj
Air that has been insufficiently cooled (occasionally heated) to one’s preference, in a way that causes dismay upon encountering it.
Martin had to stop by the office on July 4th, but the air conditioning had been shut off for the holiday, and the slorge overpowered him as he entered.
Julia had to leave the hot car doors open for a few moments to avoid the slorge.
(also rare verb form used mainly by adolescents – “slorgy” e.g. “Can we go home? This place is slorgy and gross.”)

Duncan Pflaster

Slyferous   slih-fur-us
an air draft which sends leaves falling in a more horizontal descent.
The slyferous wind blew a mix of maple and oak toward the woodpile.
Mary Beth Rang

Smair  smu-air: smelly air
Originated in an air booth.
The old house as a lot of smair populating the stuffy basement.
-Everett Eikenberry

Smeson   smeh-suh n
The crisp scent of the seasons changing in the air. Particularly summer to fall.
The moment I stepped foot outside on that first day of autumn, that aura filled my lungs. Smeson had returned for the season’s change.
Spencer Ziegler

Excuse given for an interrupted sleep due to being startled awake by one’s own inhalation of polluted air.
Anglo-Saxon contraction of “It’s normal to snore.” See also maelstrom (bad storm, male storm), and Spanish moral admonition, [trans.] “It’s bad for a female, but acceptable for a male to snore.” From the ancient Zigguratish source: snur-ur+ animal[e], A Sumerian stargazer’s loss of sleep due to inhalation of dung-smoke; later applied to Icelandic god of poets, Snor Snorrer, as in “Snoremal that He of the Open Mouth breaks wind, airs the cloud-cover, lies on is back in his black hole, thunders, then snores.” Often confused with French expression pertaining to a bad night’s sleep after dining at Chez Coquette: “C’est normal”.
Pierre Delattre

Sopint   sap-in-t:
A word used to describe air when it is clear, crisp and cold. Often windy.
The fall weather made the air outside sopint.
Marquerite LaPlant

Spir   sph(ə)r     a mix of nitrogen, oxygen, and a small amount of other gases.
From Latin “spiritus” meaning “breath”
Trees renew our spir supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

Sultrafrying   sultra-fi-ing:
Summery air that is sultry, sticky yet somehow satisfying.
This Minnesota July air absolutely sultrafying. I may jump in the lake.
Sandy Beach

Swifly  swiff-lee: windy and fresh
“breeze and cool”
Maya Shapiro

Syelia   sigh-eel-yuh
A state of extreme peace or contentedness brought on by the act of deep, heavy breathing.
While hiking in the Appalachians, Maria suddenly found herself winded, but not tired. Instead, she peered up at the tree line and discovered herself in complete syelia. Not tired, but rested, despite having climbed so many hundreds of feet and knowing there were hundreds more to go.
Kris Lee

Tarfucht   tar-fuekt
The smell and sight of tar permeating the air. origins: tar, a black, noxious, sticky coal-based substance; and Old English ficken, fucken, to be struck as by lightning.
Summer brought the season of road construction to the Midwest. Even the car’s air-conditioning could not filter out the hot, tarfucht air; Lenora held her handkerchief, scented with lavender, to her nose as a last ditch effort to protect her nostrils from the burning odor.
-The Gymnasium

Termeneeus   ter-mee-nee-uhs
Palpable tension in the air before a collegiate audition for Oklahoma. Caused by the simultaneous of holding breath and humidity released by vocal warm-ups. From the American Southwest English ‘ternado’ (ter-nay-doh) 2. A destructive cyclone also known as a tornado
Still looking to cast the role of Curly and a non-pregnant student to sing “Just a Girl Who Can’t Say No,” Natalie pulled open the doors to Terence Hall expecting her ears to be assaulted with an unsynchronized chorus of “red leather, yellow leather” yet the termeneeus air smacked her first.
Heather Meyer

Uitwaaien   aut-vwl-en (OUT-vwy-ehn)
to take a break to clear one’s head; Dutch
lit. “to walk in the wind”
-Kees ’t Hart

Thoud   Rhymes with loud
Air with a thick filling of ambient crowd noise.
It was difficult to move through the thoud air, it pressed at my mind as well as my skin.
Jim Thompson

Umidinous   oomidinus
Having a damp quality that portends disaster.
Origins: humid, from the Latin umidus – noticeably moist; and ominous; from the Latin ominosus – foreboding.
The air in the whale’s mouth was umidinous, and with every breath, Jonah feared being swallowed whole.
Susan Horowitz

Usnean   oos’ nee an
referring to extremely clean pure air.
Origin: Air in which the bio-indicator lichen, Usnea species are present in abundance.
In Cornwall they felt as if the usnean breeze was simply a caress. Upon diagnosis, she was immediately sent to a region referred to as zone 10 air quality, so that great gulps of the usnean air could invigorate her lung capacity.
Judy Main

Vera Cassidy    VE-ruh KAS-ih-dee
The trusty houseplant that you keep, like a bandito by your bedside, to purify the air while you sleep.
Origins: Aloe vera, a common household plant used for treating burns and wounds, and Butch Cassidy, an outlaw.
A Vera Cassidy is always a thoughtful gift for an asthmatic friend in these polluted times.
Kate Tarker

Waifletide wafe -le-tide
An effervescent and seemingly omniscient change atmospherically in an environment. Occasionally, referenced toward weather or inanimate objects, suggesting theory of a living organism.
Origin: late Middle English: from combinations of the Old French gait and German zeit, with possible Dutch influence in the early 1800’s. Often used to reference ones own misfortune with environmental issues or nature oriented occupations, such as seafarers and farmers.
It was that time of year, especially in the southern parts of the island, when the waifletide was at its strongest and most unpredictable all animals would become scarce. In my God forsaken circumstances, I simple had to remind myself “I fear nothing.”

Wairmy.   ware-mee
Air having the heavy smell of worms, usu. on summer mornings after a rainstorm
Origin: Old English wyrm, dragon, serpent, worm; cognate with Dutch worm, German Wurm, Old Norse ormr; akin to Latin vermis.
Louise, who suffered from a severe form of vermiphobia, would not leave the house on summer mornings after a heavy rain. She could not bear the thought of negotiating sidewalks strewn with the thick, sluggish bodies of worms, littered about like confetti after a parade, and even the air, wairmy and wet, was suffocating.
Pam Patton

Whizmay [wiz-MEY] verb
Inability to take delight in watching fireworks, caused by guilt over the pollution they cause.
Origins: whiz, imitative sound of something moving by swiftly; and dismay, agitation of mind.
As José looked up at the glowing sky, he wondered if he was the only one in his family prone to whizmay.
Kate Tarker

An opening in a heretofore previously closed wall that allows the air to move freely into a room.
From: Old English wind (wind) from Proto-Germanic windaz (wind) from Proto-Indo-European we-nt-o- (blowing) and “O” from the letter name for an O as derived from the Proto-Semitic ayn- (eye) which had an eye shape derived from the hieroglyph.
Seth said, “God, this room is dark,” so he took his father’s old chainsaw to cut a circle in the south wall so he could have some light, an opening he imagined calling a “light-O”, but when done, the in-rushing breeze forced that name from his mind and he pronounced it, “A wind-O.”
Jeffrey Hollman

Qualities of the air which bring about sad feelings or thoughts about past memories.
From: wist- origin is unknown but was used in Biblical times and meant “didn’t you realize,” or “didn’t you know.” It is found in words like wistful, which is synonymous for nostalgic; aur- It’s derived from the word “aura.” It is a Latin word and means “breeze, wind, air.” In Greek it means “breath, breeze” and was used in the late 14th century; and -ious- a suffix that simply means “having the qualities of, full of”
The air felt icy and wistaurious as she stepped outside, and her stomach dropped when she realized things would never be as they were last winter.
Alexis Tyler

air so clear, so clean you feel both at home and in heaven.
The idea of an idea, made real, although, in reality, impossible to own.
A noun that, in fact, cannot be a noun, cannot be made into a person or a place or a thing. But it is.
A state. A way of being.
She sees it, Wyoming, out her windshield, and feels it, wyoming, in her lungs. It will only take minutes be become blood, wyoming, to become bones.
Julia Klatt Singer

Zumble    zum-bull
Fast zooming air. Comes from really strong winds.
Sometimes the air zumbles around. When the air zumbles, it can be crazy!
Laura Morlock (and Trina, aged 8)