Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 12:36:19 +0900


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.

Danny Long

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