Posted by Patty O'Dawes on September 22, 2000
In Reply to: Meaning of what does 'YOU SMELL, I STINK' mean? posted by SMILEY on September 21, 2000
: what does 'YOU SMELL, I STINK' mean?
I believe this is a quote from Doctor Johnson.
When told that he smelled he replied 'No sir - you smell, I stink'.
Being pedantic, as Johnson was being, smelling is the act of perceiving an aroma. Stinking is giving off the aroma.