I did a search on Google and found that the phrase "relish a smoke" is more or less never used, while "enjoy a smoke" gives me more than 14 million results. I thought "relish" means "enjoy" and thus could be used interchangeably. But apparently not.

What is the difference between relish and enjoy?

Would it be wrong to say "He relished a smoke in the sunny weather"?

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In my experience, relish is more intense than enjoy

On a one to ten scale, enjoy is anything over five, whereas relish is a seven or higher.

Otherwise they are fairly interchangeable.

  • +1 for including a numerical scale. The relative values are "correct" as well (haha).
    – Lorel C.
    Apr 18, 2019 at 14:23
  • Would you say "relish a smoke" is grammatically correct?
    – pilti
    Apr 19, 2019 at 12:15
  • @pilti Yes, it's fine.
    – MikeB
    Apr 19, 2019 at 12:16

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