Watch which croc (or crock?) you put your hand in, lest you pull back with a stump instead of a hand!
Oh, yeah, my what big teeth you have, lol.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: crock; Oxford Dictionary: crock|
|Part of Grammar:|
Plural for noun: crocs
|Noun 1, 2, 3
Verb, intransitive 2 & transitive 3
|[Informal] A crocodile||Noun:
An earthenware pot or jar 1
[North American; informal] Something considered to be complete nonsense
[Informal] An old person who is feeble and useless 2
[Slang] A person who complains about or insists on being treated for an imagined illness
An old ewe
An old worn-out horse
[British dialect] Soot 3
Excess surface dye that rubs off from imperfectly dyed cloth
]Slang] A lie 4
[British dialect] To soil with soot 3
|Get away from that croc!
“Croc,” she whispered, her eyes wide in fright.
Please. As if I’d stand around waiting for a croc to grab me.
The zoo has a unique exhibit of crocs.
The croc had taken him in a death roll.
The cabbage was pickling in the crocks.
The electronic age in which we use so much less paper is such a crock.
I love to collect those old crocks, using them as wastebaskets, planters, and more.
I’m an old crock and he’s an old duffer.
That old mare is crock.
That is such a crock of shit.
What a crock!
I’d love to be finding me a crock of gold.
That red print is crocked.
Crocking determines the amount of color transferred from the surface of colored textile material to other surfaces by rubbing.
They did a lousy job of dyeing this fabric. Look at how much it crocks.
The chimney is crocked.
All the boys were crocked.
The color from his jeans had crocked on the fabric of the recliner.
The striker was crocked in a practice match.
Noun: crocodile, crocodilian
Noun: crockery, crockpot
|History of the Word:|
|Late 19th century abbreviation.||1 Old English croc, crocca is of Germanic origin and related to the Old Norse krukka and probably to the Dutch kruik and the German Krug.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!
Pinterest Photo Credits:
Four-gallon Crock is Daderot’s own photography and in the public domain or under the CC0 license while
Nile Crocodile by Dewet is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license; both are via Wikimedia Commons.