[Ads-l] crook and cranny

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 13 19:21:01 EDT 2017


Cf. the "crook" of your arm.

JL

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 11:12 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> A non-native speaker of English just reviewed copy I wrote and corrected
> my “crook and cranny” to “nook and cranny.”
>
> I think I’ve always understood “crook” to be some sort of small corner or
> something. The expression is not in the Eggcorn Database, but is somewhat
> common.
>
> https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080922185112AApaZSe <
> https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080922185112AApaZSe>
> http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/17/messages/189.html <
> http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/17/messages/189.html>
>
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=oaHIBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT14&lpg=
> PT14&dq=%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=bl&ots=hi7Ma7iIlq&
> sig=9Q8_9F175UX4dD8PzcjRCGYJv_Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=
> 0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiDXEQ6AEISTAI#v=onepage&q=%
> 22crook%20and%20cranny%22&f=false <https://books.google.ca/
> books?id=oaHIBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT14&lpg=PT14&dq=%22crook+and+
> cranny%22&source=bl&ots=hi7Ma7iIlq&sig=9Q8_9F175UX4dD8PzcjRCGYJv_Y&hl=en&
> sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiDXEQ6AEISTAI#v=onepage&q="crook and
> cranny"&f=false>
>
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=dSFfD0dpdS4C&pg=PA595&lpg=
> PA595&dq=%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=bl&ots=F7aJtFwKkh&sig=
> garx2cVSn8egKosajPcQx9v2IKU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiD
> XEQ6AEITDAJ#v=onepage&q=%22crook%20and%20cranny%22&f=false <
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=dSFfD0dpdS4C&pg=
> PA595&lpg=PA595&dq=%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=bl&ots=F7aJtFwKkh&sig=
> garx2cVSn8egKosajPcQx9v2IKU&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiD
> XEQ6AEITDAJ#v=onepage&q="crook and cranny"&f=false>
>
> Wiktionary has “crook and nanny” (https://en.wiktionary.org/
> wiki/crook_and_nanny <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/crook_and_nanny>) as
> a Spoonerism, but I don’t think that influenced me.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
> ------------------------------------------------------------
> The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>



-- 
"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list