Cranny: (n) small, narrow opening in a wall, rock, etc.; a chink
Some people just get better advertising.
This is also true for words.
And on that occasion when we create a phrase, one of the elements of that thought often gets more attention than the other.
Never was this more evident than in the case of “nook and cranny.”
Can you explain to me why “cranny,” which got second billing, is also totally ignored and misunderstood?
We know what a nook is. Matter of fact, we’ve even created one for breakfast.
But do we have a cranny in our home that stands by itself—without the aid of its overbearing nook?
Matter of fact, when the word was brought up to me today I nearly passed over it, thinking it to be so obscure that it was unworthy of my comment—and that it might cause the reader to bustle away, perplexed, wondering why anyone would tarry to give a passing insight on such a loser.
But would there be “nook” without “cranny?”
Would “nook” have ever gained any attention if it had not hooked up with its traveling partner?
Would people have adopted the phrase, “I searched every nook of the house…” if they also didn’t pursue the “cranny?”
As is often the case in the human journey, it is one that carries the weight, and another which takes the bows.