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Are the nouns "corner" and "nook" synonymous? I just saw them employed in an enumeration as if they meant different things:

... has a funny shape, with ledges, corners, nooks,...

What are any differences between them?

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Have you ever looked at the visual thesaurus? It can concisely give you a pretty good picture of word relationships –  Bryan Agee Jun 1 '11 at 5:49
    
Reminds me of a Michael McIntyre joke... "I want the bits in the nooks, and the bobs in the crannies. I want this place spic." –  John Bartholomew Jun 1 '11 at 6:23
    
@Bryan: The visual thesaurus? Where can I find it? Is it online? Is it a book, a software? Thanks. –  becko Jun 1 '11 at 13:59
    
@becko: visualthesaurus.com –  Bryan Agee Jun 1 '11 at 16:39
    
@Bryan: Wow. That link just made my day. –  Callithumpian Jun 2 '11 at 3:10

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While there is overlap, there is definitely domain unique to each. A nook could be an inside corner, but it connotes seclusion, and may denote "coziness." An outside corner could never be considered a nook. Also, a cubbyhole, or recess--which could have many or no corners in it (round nooks?)--would be a nook.

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A corner refers to a definite place where two walls, or surfaces, meet.
A nook refers to any small private space.

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