Date: Thu, 30 Oct 1997 13:23:31 -0500
From: Blue Roses schmiad[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU
Subject: "Smell of"
Here at Auburn University, I have come across an interesting use of the
phrase "smell of." In Auburn, AL, I have heard people use it to mean
the same thing as the verb "smell." For instance, my boyfriend once
instructed me to "smell of the roses" he had given me. Most recently, I
heard a friend ask his fiance to "Smell of this food--do you think it
has gone bad?" I most often hear it used as a command to sniff
something, as in, "Smell of this."
Has anyone else come across this usage? I would also like to
know if DARE has any information on this topic.
Thank you in advance.