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Word of the day: Smell

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rub it in

This joke is based on two uses of the word smell.

Smell can be used to describe something that has a bad or unpleasant odour:

"This fish smells! When did you buy it? (= This fish smells awful! When did you buy it?)
"I don't want to sit next to Dad - he smells!"
"What's that awful smell? Someone open a window!"

Smell is also the verb we use for inhaling an odour through the nose:

"Smell my new perfume. What do think about it?"
"Police dogs have a very good sense of smell. They are trained to smell drugs and explosives."