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Nook and cranny OR crook and cranny

Posted by Bruce Kahl on November 11, 2002

In Reply to: Nook and cranny OR crook and cranny posted by distraught copyeditor 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