June 3, 2012

Nooks and Crannies

What is the difference between a nook and a cranny?


  1. The same like between a crook and a nanny?

  2. The first is another name for a crow and the second is one of your parent's parent. Oopse - wrong glasses....Mike.

  3. ok, i finally looked it up. it looks like it can mean either a small channel or a small corner type place. here's the scoop from dictionary.com:

    cran·ny   [kran-ee]
    noun, plural cran·nies.
    1. a small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; chink; crevice; fissure: They searched every nook and cranny for the missing ring.
    2. a small out-of-the-way place or obscure corner; nook.

    Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English crany, perhaps < Middle French crené, past participle of crener to notch, groove; see crenel

    I like the groove or notch description. That does give the sense that you can pass through the area, though it's rather small and not a usual passageway.


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