The NY Times has introduced a promising new feature at Schott’s Vocab, their vocabulary blog: Schott’s Daily Lexeme. “Schott’s Vocab is honored and delighted to have joined forces with the inestimable Oxford English Dictionary to offer each day a word of note. Naturally, being a Daily Lexeme – rather than a ‘word of the day’ – these offerings will tend toward the curious, humorous, sesquipedalian and archaic.” The first post brought to our attention the word petrichor (PET-rikor), “A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions.” It’s great that there’s a word for that; it’s perhaps not the most euphonious word, but it’s not bad, and my wife and I intend to use it whenever the occasion presents itself. The second post showcases facinorous “Extremely wicked or immoral; grossly criminal; vile, atrocious, heinous; infamous,” which is not as much fun (because there are already plenty of perfectly good words for it) but is still worth knowing about. The best part: each entry links to the OED entry for the word (petrichor, coined in 1964; facinorous, first recorded in 1548), so you can see it even if you don’t have a subscription. Thanks for the heads-up, Bonnie!