Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Crick - A Mysterious Pain in the Neck

CRICK

Noun. Late Middle English.
[Origin unknown.]

A sudden painful stiffness of the muscles in the neck, back, etc.

The origin of the word crick is a mystery, which is fitting because, when one has a crick, the origin is usually a mystery as well. Common suspects including sleeping awkwardly, using a computer for a long time and (if you're over 35) draughts on the neck. Yeah, I'm at that age where I'm starting to notice draughts ...

For many in the UK and Ireland, there's no mystery to that crick in the neck

Do please stick your neck out and leave a comment in the box below.

5 comments:

  1. Haha. That is the greatest thing my two little eyes have ever seen.

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    1. The long walk home on a Saturday night ...

      Isn't it marvellous? That's been sitting in my 'Will use for something' pile for a while.

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  2. From "Eric F": I started to notice draughts when I was about 15. I still notice them; particularly one called Old Peculier. Gives me a crick in my right arm after a few. By the way, the noun 'draught' has about 15 different meanings.

    (Sorry, Eric, but your comment was in reply to a beastly spam comment and by deleting his rubbish it also deleted your delightful insight. Do feel free to copy, paste and post again though)

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  3. Here it is again. I started to notice draughts when I was about 15. I still notice them; particularly one called Old Peculier. Gives me a crick in my right arm after a few. By the way, the noun 'draught' has about 15 different meanings.

    Note Peculier is spelt with an e. This is not an error, but in honour of the Royal Court of Masham; or Royal Peculier.

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    1. I've been drinking Old Peculier since I was ... umm ... of legal age to drink (obviously) ... and I've never noticed that it's spelt 'Peculier'. And I fancy myself a word lover! Pff. Mind you, after a couple of the O.P's, I don't tend to notice that much at all. And I often wake up with an awful crick in my neck. Most peculiar indeed.

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