What is the difference Hi, I'd like to know the difference between two outwardly similar words "reek" and "odor" Thank you in advance.
Aug 26, 2018 10:47 AM
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"Odor", or "odour", is a neutral and fairly formal word. An odour is usually unpleasant, but it can be light or heavy, and the word doesn't suggest any opinion or emotion on the part of the speaker. "Reek", as a noun ( or more usually a verb) is a strong word used to refer to a strong smell. It is also an emotive word : it tells us that the speaker is annoyed or disgusted in some way. For example, you might say "The hotel room reeks of damp and stale cigarettes!". A synonym here would be 'stinks'. However, if you are writing a letter of complaint to the hotel, you wouldn't use the word 'reek' or 'stink', because these words would sound too informal and emotive. Instead, you would use a more formal and objective phrase, such as 'an unpleasant odour'. I hope that makes sense.
August 26, 2018
Reek is a lot stronger than odor. To say "you reek" or "this reeks" is very insulting haha. If you say to someone "you have an odor", its not nice but you aren't really being rude to the person.
August 26, 2018
both terms are almost equally interchangeable. they have somewhat a negative feel to them when used. So if you use any of these terms towards describing scents that are unpleasant - you will be safe most of the time.
August 26, 2018
well odor is an unpleasant smell. however reek is pretty much the worst smell you could get.
August 26, 2018
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