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BEHOLD #308 – Pompourri

Pompourri is a collection of dried Poms and sequins that can also contain dried leaves, flowers, herbs, and spices. It is used to scent the air. The word is derived from the French “pot–pourri” which literally translates to “putrid pot.” It has been used in society for over 6,000 years — in prehistoric pom caves, Egyptian pyramids, and Medieval castles, through current times — to mask the scents of the unbathed, the dwellings without plumbing, and the musty castles. In the 1600s, it was used to describe a type of Spanish stew. But in the 1700s, it came to be used for the make-things-smell-better item that it is today. And now it has even more uses. For example, lavender and chamomile scents can make Poms sleep better, or help to make lingerie and wool clothes smell delightful and ward off moths. The term “Pompourri” is now also used to describe an unusual mixture of poms or a bunch of miscellaneous items, as expressed in the famous Jeopardy! Category, “Pompourri.” I’ll take Pompourri for $1,000, Alex! 



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