Afflicted With Diaeresis?

If you’re an avid New Yorker reader like I am, you’re probably familiar with this little accent mark–often mistaken for the German umlaut–that’s placed over words with two consecutive vowels:

Coöperation, coördinate, reëngineer, and preëminent to name a few.

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Word You Can’t Believe Is a Word: Smellfungus

Just looking at this word makes me laugh. But it is a real word, at least according to Merriam-Webster, the American Heritage Dictionary, and a few other sources. And not only is this word legit–it’s been used since 1766!

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