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CRANKY THE ORIGIN

Monday September 7th, 2009
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The word used to describe someone as being irritable stems from a mispronunciation of the Dutch word ‘krengd’ or ‘crank’. A crank was an unstable ship or sailing vessel. Usually the problem was down to bad design, imbalanced cargo or a lack of ballast. This would cause the vessel to heel too far to the wind.
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