Date: Wed, 9 Jul 1997 12:18:37 -0800

From: jarthurs jarthurs[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UVIC.CA

Subject: Re: 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



I'm confused: is this thread about spelling or speaking? I see "smelled"

but I hear "smelt". Don't you?


Dr. James Arthurs,

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Department of Linguistics,

University of Victoria,

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