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#1 2014-08-10 07:15:44

Dixon Wragg
Eggcornista
From: Santa Rosa, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 657

"wreak" for "reek"

“Reek” for “wreak” is in the Database, but there’s little if any mention of “wreak” for “reek”. Yet it’s quite common.

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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.
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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.

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