Hi all! I thought I’d put this here because I recently ran into an issue in a story I’m writing. Namely, a character smells wet wool for the first time - only I’ve never smelled it and don’t know how to describe it.
I’m sure all of us have, at one time or another, run into this. I don’t like self-referential uses: an orange smells like an orange or an orange tastes like an orange. I consider this a non-start.
A fresh, citrus smell might work - if someone knows what a citrus is. And in any case an orange and lemon are both citrus and do not tend to smell alike and certainly do not taste alike!
So saying something smells like wet wool is less than useful. I’ve never smelled it and the character hasn’t either (until now). Looking it up yields a lot of ways to remove smells from wool, but not a lot of useful smell words for it just being wet with water. (Sheep in rain is also less than helpful.)
I hope that if anyone might have useful suggestions or examples, they could place them here. It doesn’t have to be just smell or taste, of course, or even on wet wool (though I’d appreciate it).