Reck - wreck
From Hull AWE
- Reck, now rather a rare word, can be a verb or, less commonly, a noun. Both are now comparatively obsolete
- The verb 'to reck' means 'to think [about]', 'to be troubled by', 'to care [that]'. The archaic "What reck I?" is the same as the more current 'What do I care?'.
- The noun, usually used with some negative qualification, is the equivalent: "He took little reck of the consequences of his lie" means 'He had no consideration for the consequences', 'he was little bothered by the thought of the consequences.'
- Wreck is common both as noun and verb.
- The noun '[a] wreck' originally denoted things that were cast ashore [on tidal coasts] from damaged or destroyed vessels. It was later used as well to mean such a vessel, which had earlier been called a shipwreck: one that had run aground, struck rocks or reefs or other obstacles, or been in some way damaged beyond control. In US English, car crashes and railway (railroad) accidents are commonly named 'wrecks'.
- The verb 'to wreck' basically meant, after the original 'cast onto the shore' became obsolete, "to reduce a [seaworthy] vessel to the condition of a wreck".
- It has many figurative meanings: a business can be 'wrecked' by unpaid creditors; a building (or peace and quiet) may be 'wrecked' by an unauthorized party; a person's health may be wrecked by addiction; , etc. In modern slang, the participial adjective wrecked means 'intoxicated' - the etymology indicates 'rendered incapable'.