You smell, I stink
Posted by Gary on February 04, 2002
In Reply to: You smell, I stink posted by Frank Lynch on February 04, 2002
: Within this web site, a page (https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/421400.html) attributes the phrase "You smell, I stink" to Ben Jonson. This is news to me, and either erroneous or helpful. I've usually seen it attributed (without a real citation) to Samuel Johnson - - yet I believe it's apocryphal. (Please see http://www.samueljohnson.com/apocryph.html ) If there is a genuine citation to Ben Jonson, I's love to have it, and would gladly add it to my page. Any one know?
That origin was dubious, okay wrong, so I've removed it.