Discussions about eggcorns and related topics
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Chris -- 2011-03-08
“Reek” for “wreak” is in the Database, but there’s little if any mention of “wreak” for “reek”. Yet it’s quite common.
Dank and wreaking of OG, how does it smoke?
They didn’t return until the next morning wreaking of skunk…..UGH!
Once I was getting back from a trip and while picking up my luggage someone’s bags came out on the belt wreaking of vinegar.
Customers in Restaurant wreaking of marijuana…
another discussion thread
Here’s what I think is the plausible eggcornish meaning-confusion: “wreaking” is generally associated with something negative (wreaking havoc, etc.), while “reeking” is a negative (unpleasant) smell. I think this connotation of negativity is enough to fuel the eggcorn cognitive process (however unconscious) in some folks.