Monday, September 1, 2008

Angelina Jolie says Brad Pitt smells 'badly'

We got on great," Jolie says of her Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star, "but as far as touching each other in erotic places or sticking parts of our bodies into one i couldn't do it with some who smells badly.

what's wrong with this sentence

To say someone smell badly, it would technically mean that sense of smell is not functioning properly. “Badly” is an adverb, and adverbs can only modify verbs — in this case, the verb “smell.”

If you think that something has a nasty smell, you say it smells bad.If you are incapable of smelling anything, you smell badly.

1 comment:

Poor Pothecary said...

Actually no: your analysis, while perfectly logical, misses out that English has several meanings of "badly", and one of them just means "greatly, very much" as in, for instance, "I badly need a shave" (see Oxford English Dictionary). So you can have:

1) "X smells bad" = "X smells unpleasant".
2) "X smells badly" = "X smells very much".

Angelina Jolie is using it in sense 2).