Hello. I'm wondering "snook" in this context has special meaning or not.
I look up the word, snook in the dictionary. It means a kind of fish, a gesture of disrepect, and so on.
But there isn't anything like that. I think the writer made up the word. Am I right?
--- These sentences are from a children's storybook.
It's a tradition-every new apprentice brings a book. It's called a snook.
It's a way of making sure that the apprentice is worthy.
Yes, it appears the writer did, but gave the definition.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.