Monday, 3 September 2012

There was a crooked man ...

credit: Trisha Fawyer

The next word ending in -ed is crooked. Besides crook as a noun (designating a criminal or a shepherd's stick) there's the verb to crook (meaning to bend) and the adjective crooked characterising an object as bent or twisted or a person as dishonest. The adjective (and the noun derived from it) is pronounced /krʊkɪd/, /krʊkəd/, the verb form crooked follows the usual rule and is pronounced /krʊkt/.

A few sample sentences:
  1. your tie's crooked;
  2. she crooked a finger at him;
  3. these crooked streets are a maze;
  4. all of them are crooked;
  5. he crooked his elbow;
  6. Marcus Duvall is a crooked cop;
  7. braces will correct the crooked smile;
  8. the picture's crooked to one side;
  9. the crooked shall be made straight (Isaiah 40:4);

1 comment:

  1. The rhyme itself isn't the best example for today's use, of course.