Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Tue Aug 24 13:59:59 UTC 2010

Transparent in my idiolect.

Somewhere around the "fig[urative]" aspect of OED REEK v1:

1. intr. Chiefly Sc., Irish English, and Eng. regional (north. and midl.) in
later use. Now rare.

    a. Of something burning or smouldering: to emit or give off smoke. Also

  Only literary in English non-regional use.

For example, "He reeks (stinks, smells) of money," so usually used with a
negative connotation.

Non-metaphorically, I'd recognise it (literal smoke from a chimney), but
probably only in a literary and/or archaic (Scots) context -- "Lang may yir
lum reek!" (Long may your chimney smoke), or "Auld Reekie" as an
affectionate (??  !!!) name for Edinburgh in Burns and Fergusson in the

If it's cropping up on the Dirty Digger's News Channel, mibee there's an
Australian connection somewhere.



From: "Charles C Doyle" <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 2:53 PM
Subject:      "reek"?

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> The baseball commentator on the Fox network Saturday, extolling the
> qualities of the Braves' new first baseman, Derrek Lee, said:  "He reeks
> of class."
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