Furthermore, have you noticed that none of these words is a term for the smell itself? Some additional suggestions that share this flaw, although they otherwise have their merits, are smellusive, amnosia, fumiliar, and on the tip of your nose. Dan Corts, of Davenport, Iowa, warned, "Aromas often conjure up strong memories. Sometimes a smell can bring about false memories—memories of an event that never occurred. This is known as olfiction." And Emily Baierl, of Lake Elmo, Minnesota, wrote, "When you detect an odor that you recognize but can't place, you could say it rings a smell."
Remini-scent was a popular idea that actually fills the relevant lexical gap. A few readers came up with abscent. And Marc A. Werlinsky, of Broomall, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Nolan, of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, came up with je ne scent quoi. But maybe the neatest and most functional solution to the problem is enigmaroma. More than one person sent in this idea, but the one who sent it first, and who therefore takes top honors, is Tom Thomsen, of Magnolia, Texas.
Another reader, who shares a job, asked Word Fugitives to help her find a better way to refer to her co-worker than "the lady I job-share with." Aaron Weinert, of Boston, began his response, unkindly, "I suppose if you are both slackers … ," and William F. Kittredge, of Ocean City, New Jersey, began his, "Unfortunately, from what I see going on today …" Both Weinert and Kittredge were on their way to explaining the same coinage: co-shirker. Peter Howland, of Bethel, Connecticut, took a more positive attitude and suggested co-efficient.
A number of people proposed partner in time and paymate. Andrew Friede, of Atlanta, came up with colaborator. Lucy Duhon, of Toledo, Ohio, suggested "alter ergo (from the Greek ergon, meaning 'work')."
An especially promising line of thought involved variants on doppelgänger, such as doppelworker, doppelgigger, and doppeljobber. But the variant that people (at least people who know what a doppelgänger is) would be most likely to understand if you said it is probably jobbelgänger. For being the first to submit this coinage, Lynn Reilly, of Seattle, takes top honors.
Now Anna Baldwin, of Arlee, Montana, writes, "I'd like a word for that time of half sleep when one thinks of the solution to a problem or some creative notion to implement the next day. The solution or idea is nearly always stellar, even in the light of day."
And Peggy Bidé, of Mbabane, Swaziland, writes, "I have been searching for a word to describe a situation that frequently occurs in our house. I recently informed our children that I would write to ask you for assistance. As a parent is frantically preparing supper, at least one and sometimes all the kids will continually ask when supper will be ready, because they say they are hungry. When supper is indeed ready and suppertime is called, no child appears and the person preparing the meal has to practically shout and beg the kids to get to the table."