Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 12:36:19 +0900 From: Daniel Long 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 The archives are reportedly here: -- Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297 Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302 Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 4-2-26 Hishiyanishi Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577