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  • English travellers, neither of the smellfungus, the mundungus, or she sentimental-sans-sentiment, tribe, set out from Paris, on their return to the metropolis of their own country.

    Francis, the Philanthropist: an unfashionable tale 1786

  • Oh, 'twas base! to be treated everywhere with politeness and hospitality, and in return invidiously to smellfungus them all over; to go to the country of Kate of Aberdeen, of Auld Robin Gray, 'midst rural innocence and sweetness, take up their plaids, and dance.

    The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen Rudolf Erich Raspe 1765


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  • A discontented person; a grumbler, fault-finder. After the name by which Sterne designated Smollett on account of the captious tone of the latter's Travels through France and Italy (1766). Sometimes spelled smelfungus.

    February 15, 2008

  • a noun meaning critic, fault-finder, carper.

    He was an abrasive smellfungus who irritated everyone. (See Webster's Third)

    Also see article "Save Smellfungus" on blog:

    April 6, 2009