Posted by Bob on November 11, 2002
In Reply to: Left out part of paste posted by James Briggs on November 11, 2002
: : : : Which is correct:
: : : : I've searched every nook and cranny.
: : : : OR
: : : : I've searched every crook and cranny.
: : : : ???
: : : : I've seen both.
: : : Here in the NE part of the US I have only seen and heard nook and cranny.
: : One entry found for nook.
: : Main Entry: nook
: : Pronunciation: 'nuk
: : Function: noun
: : Etymology: Middle English noke, nok
: : Date: 14th century
: : 1 chiefly Scottish : a right-angled corner
: : 2 a : an interior angle formed by two meeting walls : RECESS b : a secluded or sheltered place or part
: It's 'nook and cranny' here in the UK too. I've never heard of the other version.
Speaking of Spoonerisms (see a few inquiries below) (should I not capitalize the word?) there was a long-running television commercial for a brand of English muffin, where the butter got into all the "nooks and crannies." The running joke around my in-laws' house was something about "crooks and nannies," but I never imagined people would take that sort of thing seriously.