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Matthew Arnold

In a word: crotchet

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: CROTCHET Writers on language and usage are notorious for their crotchets, grooming their pet peeves in public. Crotchet (pronounced CROTCH-it) comes into English from the French crochet, "hook" or "crook." In early uses the word identified a small hook, as for a brooch, and came to have wider uses, including an instrument in obstetrical surgery, a square bracket in typography, or a quarter note (from the resemblance to a hook) in musical notation....