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used in Oryx and Crake

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bad — most directly referring to the smell of oils or fats that have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad
  • He'd taken on that status when Crake had been twelve, a couple of years too old for the "uncle" tag to have been viewed by him as anything but totally rancid.
    p. 89.3
  • But he holds a corner of his rancid sheet over his nose — at least it's his own smell — and makes his away across the mouldering broadloom, past the dim shapes of the plump reproduction furniture.
    p. 229.4

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