Katie Puckrik Smells BBC Radio 4's 'Word of Mouth'


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Word of Mouth is BBC Radio 4's program exploring the world of words and the way we use them. I appeared on the "Fashion" episode recently, talking with host Chris Ledgard about verbalizing smells, or as I like to say (repurposing the Sound of Music lyric), how to "catch a cloud and pin it down".


Not the original cast.


To hear the segment, click on the player at top. Perfumes discussed (though some names were edited out) include:

Chanel No. 19

Comme des Garçons Avignon

Calvin Klein Obsession

Chanel No. 5

Miller Harris L'Air de Rien

Comme des Garçons Eau de Parfum

Byredo M/Mink


This episode of Word of Mouth was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 13 Aug 2013.

10 comments:

  1. I can't play the BBC video. When I click on it, it just says "This video is private".

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    1. Jennifer, I changed the player, and it should work now.

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  2. Jennifer, I went to the Word of Mouth link and was able to listen to it. Katie, again: well done you! So great to hear you.

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  3. This is so simply wonderful. Professor Puckrik is my favorite teacher! This radio show is something for me to share with newbies to perfume... the smoke of the Gods.

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    1. Thanks for the spreading the fumie word, LS!

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  4. I heard it on the day, as did the husbands of several non-fumie friends who were listening in their cars and rang to tip me the wink. That's the sort of friends you want!

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    1. The Olfactory Underground Railroad is running smoothly, it seems.

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  5. "hint of nappy"

    Cute! I'm going to use that one. It was charming to hear the host's observations-- I suspect you've set him on a trajectory to explore fragrance-- the scales have fallen from his eyes (er, his nose). Good for him!

    I think there's something psychologically healthy about acknowledging that some forbidden unpleasant accords can really bump out the breadth of a fragrance and in very moderate amounts are not unpleasant. I don't want to smell like pee, stale or otherwise, but these are human things and it's nice to see and hear frank discussion that doesn't make a value statement one way or another about something that is merely a part of being the organisms we are. I don't want a perfume that screeches, but the occasional suggestion of high-toned skank can be edifying.

    Well done on another offering of your wit and observations, Katie!

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  6. Thanks, plegmfatale! Smells are interesting and stimulating, and if you only submit to "yummy" aromas, you're missing out on the color and texture of the world around us. Glad you got a kick out of the segment.

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