In Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, why is Dr Mahmoud nicknamed "Stinky?" There aren't any mentions in there of his shower habit or lack thereof that I found; plus he seems like a rather high class individual, not of the type who would be particularly smelly. They just kind of keep calling him "Stinky," and he never seems to mind. Anyone know why?
I've looked through the uncut UK version published by Hodder & Stoughton Ltd. At appx. 220,000 words it's the most complete version I've seen. This is the first mention of the nickname "Stinky":
Part II His Preposterous Heritage, Ch.21:
“Or medicinal alcohol,” [ship’s surgeon Dr.] Nelson added. “Don’t let him pull your leg, Jubal. Stinky drinks anything—and always regrets it.”
I've searched through the whole book, and there's no mention of why or how he acquired that nickname - it's left as a noodle incident. There's also no mention of his first name; he's always referred to as "Mahmoud", "Dr. Mahmoud", or "Stinky".