What is the meaning of the pun about rank smell spoken by Rosalind in Act I Scene 2, Line 101 of As You Like It?

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The pun that you are asking about plays on the two meanings that “rank” can have.  “Rank” can, of course, refer to a person’s status or position.  We can say someone holds an important rank in society, for example.  But “rank” can also mean “strong smelling.”  We can talk...

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