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    Question Crook-"ed" versus Crook-"t"

    Colleagues,

    I am writing a poem that uses the word "crooked" in two lines that needs to be read "crook't' finger" not "crook'ed' finger". Crook't is an acceptable if possibly archaic pronunciation of crooked, isn't it? If crook't has a different spelling, what in the world is it!?

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    Peter

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    Re: Crook-"ed" versus Crook-"t"

    'Crooked' is pronounced in one or two syllables depending on the context, so 'He crooked his little finger', or 'He raised a crooked finger' are just fine pronounced 'crook't', and in no way archaic.

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    Re: Crook-"ed" versus Crook-"t"

    I should think that people would understand from the context which meaning (and thus which pronunciation) is intended. Thus, there should be no reason to spell the word differently.

    Are you going to post the poem here on the forum (in the prose and poetry section)?

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