Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 15:00:37 -0400 From: Ron Butters Subject: SMELT/SMELLED [was Bleach] After hearing all this I'm beginning to think that I use SMELT transitively ("George smelt the fish") and SMELLED intransitively ("George smelled like a fish"). Well, come to think of it, it may be more subtle than; that: if SMELL is transitive but not purposive/intentional, it is also likely to be SMELLED ("George smelled a harsh odor that seemed vaguely dangerous" vs. "George bowed and smelt [of] the rose"). Is this one of those cases where introspection provides data that wasn't there before one began to introspect--or is the two-handled engine of my grammatical sensibility as subtle as Wordsworth's sense of God in a kholrabi?