I first came across this word in David Bowie’s nonsensical 1973 song The Jean Genie and it was years before I found out what snuck meant.
A small Jean Genie snuck off to the city
Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers
Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters
Talking bout Monroe and walking on Snow White
I still say sneaked and have never heard snuck used in the UK. However, in the Independent a couple of weeks ago a journalist wrote about a burglary
Lewis Ward, 28, snuck into a home in Raby Street, Darlington and took an iPad.
Maybe he’s a stripling and doesn’t realise it’s an Americanism or maybe it’s caught on without my knowledge. What do other Brits reckon and when did they first come across it? (I’m not criticising “snuck”. It’s easier to say for a start.)