Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 11:32:11 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Semantic distinc. betw. "crick" and "creek"?

A correspondent wrote in about an alleged semantic distinction
between "crick" and "creek." This writer, who is from an unspecified
but "rural" part of the country, claims that he uses both pronunciations,
but that a "crick" was smaller than a "creek." He states that he has
had a long-running disagreement with his wife about this, and he recently
found someone else who makes this distinction. DARE doesn't show any
semantic distinction, and Joan Hall isn't otherwise aware of any.

Is this distinction familiar to anyone on the list?

Jesse Sheidlower
Random House Reference