Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 12:36:19 +0900
From: Daniel Long dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JOHO.OSAKA-SHOIN.AC.JP
Subject: Re: "Smell of"
Blue Roses wrote:
something, as in, "Smell of this."
Has anyone else come across this usage?
Ever since I can remember, yes. What else do you say? (in West
Tennessee, that is). And I think you're right about it meaning "sniff",
because you can (and I do) say "Smell of this. Has it gone bad?" but
you can't say, "I could smell of the paper mill a mile away."
I'm afraid that kind of information doesn't help you much though. I
think we had this conversation on the list before, just recently. You
might could find some better answers to your question in the ADS-L
archives (which is, by the way, neither the same as saying "you could
find" nor "you might find"). If someone could recall when it was that
this topic was discussed, perhaps you could help Ms. Schmidt out and
give her a hint about where (what month) to start looking.
The archives are reportedly here:
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