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    olfactory system

    Back in 1985, Geoffrey Raisman, now at University College London, discovered a unique trait of the olfactory system (sense of smell).
    (Scientific American Mind; Volume 16, Number 3; Mending the Spinal Cord)

    Is this a word that a native English speaker would not normally know, as it were, and would need an explanation, which the author so farsightedly provided?

    Thanks.

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    Re: olfactory system

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Back in 1985, Geoffrey Raisman, now at University College London, discovered a unique trait of the olfactory system (sense of smell).
    (Scientific American Mind; Volume 16, Number 3; Mending the Spinal Cord)

    Is this a word that a native English speaker would not normally know, as it were, and would need an explanation, which the author so farsightedly provided?

    Thanks.
    It would depend on the level of education.

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    Re: olfactory system

    I'd say about half the populace would know what olfactory means.

    The author of the quote was being helpful, I would say, rather than patronising*.

    *'Patronising' means condescendingly explaining something you already understand**.

    **I was being patronising when I wrote that***.

    ***I expect you knew that.

    I'll get my coat and hat.

    Rover

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