Gaining mastery over language requires conscious effort. Words form the basic constituent of a language and require correct usage for greater effect. Selecting the right words shows your care for the language and in a way reﬂects your learning and good educational background.
A word that is not so correctly used in a day-to-day application is ‘crib’. Very often we hear it in the context of complaint: ‘He was cribbing about his work conditions’ or ‘Come on, do not crib about your ﬁnances all the time’.
Here’s how ‘crib’ is deﬁned in some of the popular dictionaries like Oxford, Cambridge, Collins, MerriamWebster and Dictionary.com:
• An enclosure especially of framework, such as – a stall for a stabled animal – a small child’s bedstead with high enclosing usually slatted sides – any of various devices resembling a crate or framework in structure – a building for storage – a small narrow room or dwelling
• A model of the Nativity of Christ, with a manger as a bed
In Australian NZ English it is also meant for a light meal or a snack. ‘I was carrying my crib in a paper bag’
However, two dictionaries – Oxford and Collins – do show the word belonging to the British Indian origin but either as dated or informal.
So, if you wish to complain, do so, but do not crib.