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#1 2011-03-21 20:16:53

fpberger
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Registered: 2006-08-16
Posts: 130

Tractless Wilderness

I usually think of “trackless wilderness” being uninhabited, and away from any steady human traffic that would leave tracks. My husband mentioned that he had heard the phrase “tractless wilderness”, and I do see it used frequently, and sometimes it does seem to be used to mean an unsurveyed area rather than a roadless one.

The difficulty of placing these correctly in a tractless wilderness, which has never been accurately measured, will at once plead both his excuse and mine.

MONTPELIER—It the mid-18th century, teams of men spread out across Vermont to map the tractless wilderness. ...

the first six hundred miles, nothing very worthy of remarks except a tractless wilderness, and wood scarce, but Buffalo dung plenty,

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#2 2011-03-22 00:39:49

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2248

Re: Tractless Wilderness

An appropriate substitution. Good eggcorn.

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#3 2011-03-22 12:03:12

kem
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Re: Tractless Wilderness

See also the track >> tract entry in the Database: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/698/track/

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