[Ads-l] RES: crook and cranny

David Daniel dad at COARSECOURSES.COM
Thu Jul 13 20:31:17 EDT 2017


Frankly, it sounds to me like this probably started life as a spoonerism:
crook and nanny, for nook and cranny. (I haven't seen all the messages in
this thread. If someone else already said this - Sorry!)
DAD

Enviada em: quinta-feira, 13 de julho de 2017 20:21
Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Assunto: Re: crook and cranny

Poster:       Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: crook and cranny
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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 =E2=80=9Ccrook and cranny=E2=80=9D to =E2=80=9Cnook and 
> cranny.=E2=80=
=9D
>
> I think I=E2=80=99ve always understood =E2=80=9Ccrook=E2=80=9D 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=3D20080922185112AApaZSe < 
> https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=3D20080922185112AApaZSe>
> 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=3DoaHIBAAAQBAJ&pg=3DPT14&lpg=3D
> PT14&dq=3D%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=3Dbl&ots=3Dhi7Ma7iIlq&
> sig=3D9Q8_9F175UX4dD8PzcjRCGYJv_Y&hl=3Den&sa=3DX&ved=3D
> 0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiDXEQ6AEISTAI#v=3Donepage&q=3D%
> 22crook%20and%20cranny%22&f=3Dfalse <https://books.google.ca/ 
> books?id=3DoaHIBAAAQBAJ&pg=3DPT14&lpg=3DPT14&dq=3D%22crook+and+
> cranny%22&source=3Dbl&ots=3Dhi7Ma7iIlq&sig=3D9Q8_9F175UX4dD8PzcjRCGYJv
> _Y&=
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> sa=3DX&ved=3D0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVGWRQKHaiiDXEQ6AEISTAI#v=3Donepage&q=3
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> cranny"&f=3Dfalse>
>
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=3DdSFfD0dpdS4C&pg=3DPA595&lpg=3D
> PA595&dq=3D%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=3Dbl&ots=3DF7aJtFwKkh&sig=3D
> garx2cVSn8egKosajPcQx9v2IKU&hl=3Den&sa=3DX&ved=3D0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVG
> WRQ=
KHaiiD
> XEQ6AEITDAJ#v=3Donepage&q=3D%22crook%20and%20cranny%22&f=3Dfalse < 
> https://books.google.ca/books?id=3DdSFfD0dpdS4C&pg=3D
> PA595&lpg=3DPA595&dq=3D%22crook+and+cranny%22&source=3Dbl&ots=3DF7aJtF
> wKk=
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> garx2cVSn8egKosajPcQx9v2IKU&hl=3Den&sa=3DX&ved=3D0ahUKEwio8rDuo4XVAhVG
> WRQ=
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> XEQ6AEITDAJ#v=3Donepage&q=3D"crook and cranny"&f=3Dfalse>
>
> Wiktionary has =E2=80=9Ccrook and nanny=E2=80=9D 
> (https://en.wiktionary.o=
rg/
> wiki/crook_and_nanny <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/crook_and_nanny>) 
> as a Spoonerism, but I don=E2=80=99t think that influenced me.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
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