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Chris -- 2011-03-08
From a student essay: ”. . .she could join up with them and be an (sic) force to be wrecking with.”
I marked it as a spelling error, but I can see the confusion, especially since “reckoned” is an unusual word to my students.
Outstanding find! It has the classic eggcorn element of replacing something less familiar with something more familiar. Some 240+ Google hits.
A few examples from the web…
SoundClick artist: almightygreen – Band page with MP3 music …Almighty Green born under the sign of Scorpio, is a supernatural force released by nature, a force to be wrecking with. The passion Almighty Green brings to …
www.soundclick.com/almightygreen&ref=9 – 25k – Cached – Similar pages
Championship from Miami Beach, Florida – September 15th-16thFlorida Beach Volleyball proved to be a force to be wrecking with! With participants mainly from Cali, the Florida Teams were often starting out at a …
www.digthebeach.com/?q=book/export/html/17 – 22k – Cached – Similar pages
almightygreens Profile » Loud.comAlmightygreen born under the sign of Scorpio, is a supernatural force unleashed by nature, a force to be wrecking with. 2007 has proven to be the ignition …
www.loud.com/almightygreen – 50k – Cached – Similar pages
urban smarts . com | l.i.f.e. long | interviewWe are a force to be wrecking with: check our discography’s and our bios for our movements in the game. Peace to all the members of the Stronghold and check …
www.urbansmarts.com/interviews/lifelong.htm – 39k – Cached – Similar pages
The Last Emperor – Some Love, Some Hate LyricsI’m much more than a force to be wrecking with I’m hard core to the death of this Every rap is like my last will and testimate …
Last edited by jorkel (2007-10-20 20:25:42)
Saw this often while following tweets about a recent Brock Lesnar bout. “That man is a force to be wreckin’ with” was my favorite!
And more militarily:
A doctor by trade, he was a force to be reconned with in the emergency room where he worked.
I truely hope that as a profession we can overcome this apathy and become a force to be reconned with.
I thought there’d be an etymological link between reckon and reconnoitre/reconnaissance. But reckon is ‘count’ as in ‘Die Rechnung, bitte’. So this would be quite a significant reshaping, perhaps brought about by the presence of ‘force’, if only I didn’t have the feeling it was just bad spelling and could explain away the ‘with’ of ’ a military force to be reconned with’
If only for completeness:
the First Reckon unit of Bravo company
We also have special units such as Reckon unit, spy unit, black ops
No shortage of hits for reckonisable and unreckonisable.
Last edited by JuanTwoThree (2012-07-01 18:02:54)