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    stinker

    Which of these terms can be used to describe somebody who smells bad?
    stinker
    minger
    soap-dodger
    stinkpot
    reeker

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    Re: stinker

    None of them work in American English.
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    Re: stinker

    In current BrE usage, a minger is frequently used to describe someone is is physically unappealing, not sexually attractive. The others apart from reeker are OK to me, though stinkpot sounds dated to me. However, I think many users would use a verb rather than these terms and just say that xxx stinks.

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    Re: stinker

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    None of them work in American English.
    Would you say "skunk" in American English?

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    Re: stinker

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Would you say "skunk" in American English?
    We could, I suppose, but it's more typical to use an adjective and a noun to describe a smelly person.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: stinker

    Stinker probably originated from a smelly person. But I use it to mean something else.

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    Re: stinker

    I think both skunk and stinker are never used literally in AmE to indicate someone who smells bad. They are always metaphorical.
    Last edited by probus; 18-Jun-2017 at 03:56.

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    Re: stinker

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Stinker probably originated from a smelly person. But I use it to mean something else.
    In BrE it can mean someone who is untrustworthy, selfish, nasty, etc, though I don't hear it used much nowadays. It has an Enid Blyton ring to me.

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    Re: stinker

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Which of these terms can be used to describe somebody who smells bad?

    stinker

    (etc)
    None of them, Airbus.

    Just say they have BO (body odour) or need to use a deodorant.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Jun-2017 at 09:20. Reason: Fixed typo

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