Krewe and Crew are easily confused words.
The spell-check application of most word processing software programs would not catch a slip-up of these two words. Spell-check is looking for words that aren’t in its dictionary, and words that resemble words in its dictionary but are possibly spelled wrong. Spell-check isn’t perfect. It doesn’t know and can’t guess what word you wanted or what word you meant, it can only judge the words on the page. If you used words that are all spelled correctly, it gives you a pass anyway.
Autocorrect suggests words that start with the same letters. It’s suggesting what word you may want to save time, but quite often, its suggestions are pretty off base. They don’t help you out, but they do make you laugh.
Krewe is a noun. It means a private social club that sponsors floats, balls, parties, and other charity events at Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is the festivities in New Orleans leading up to Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is a French American cousin to Carnivale festivities of Brazil and traditionally Catholic Caribbean nations.
Crew has multiple meanings.
- It can mean a group of workers on a boat, airplane, train, airship/zepplin, or a spaceship.
- It can mean other types of groups gathered for a common goal or purpose.
- A team of competitive rowers.
- It can mean a T-shirt with a round collar band close to the neck. Most men’s T-shirts are crew necks or v-necks, while women’s shirts vary: scoop, high v-neck, low v-neck, sweetheart are all types of necklines for women’s T-shirts.
The following story uses both words correctly:
Krispin won a Mardi Gras contest on the Whistling Gnu Krewe float. He was so ecstatic to be part of the float’s crew, throwing beads and coins at the partygoers in the streets.