Before I looked at the dictionary I thought the word "soot" meant something really dirty. I thought that because I read a short story called soot face and it said that her face was dirty
Now that I have looked at the dictionary soot means the fine black particles, chiefly composed of carbon, produced by incomplete combustion of coal, oil, wood, or other fuels.
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