|How Do You Say "crochet, crotchet"?||
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|What is "crochet, crotchet"?||
‘Crochet’ is that thing dextrous people do with wool and a small hook implement (technically a crochet needle) which turns yarn into clothing and decorative items. There are people who can crochet and knit, and people who can’t, but can pronounce things. I could never so much as successfully knit or crochet a square (a regular punishment at my school was to turn in however many squares (used for blankets for the poor) were deemed sufficient penance for your infraction. I had to pay people off to produce my quota).
Anyway, crochet, as you can probably guess comes from a French word, and that word is, voila, ‘crochet’, which means of all things, a ‘hook’. Do not confuse this with a ‘crotchet’, which is a musical note with a specific time value (a quarter note) – because although they are descended from the same French word, when you spell it with a ‘t’, it is pronounced differently, and means something different in English.
‘crochet’ (with wool) is pronounced after the French fashion – kroh/shay
‘crotchet’ (the musical note) is pronounced with short ‘i’ sound where the ‘e’ is – KROCH/it (and if you think about it, a musical note looks like a little hook).
I have added audio for both sound files as well as a French sound clip for comparison. Be careful with the French – it means a hook or an instrument to pick a lock with, but if you pronounce it with an ‘a’ – cracher – it means to spit.
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