Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 13:53:58 +0000 From: "E.W. Gilman" Subject: clorox or whatever I have just been browsing through some of our evidence for "smelt" as the past of "smell" and find that most of the recent stuff comes from British writers, although a couple from American magazines may be Americans. It was not uncommon in older American English. I leave you with this odoriferous sample: The whale was not a long one, physically speaking--say thirty-five feet--but he smelt much longer; he smelt as much as a mile and a half longer, I should say, for we travelled about that distance beyond him before we ceased to detect his fragrance in the atmosphere.--Mark Twain EWG