Reck - wreck
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- 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.
- The verb 'to wreck'