Revised as of 7 October 2017
“His tongue was a warm stroke right up her center, reeking havoc on her nervous system.”
Poor thing. Although, I had no idea that one’s nervous system had a sense of smell…
Ya know…in real life, a lot of women think they…smell…down there. It’s not helping when an author reinforces that idea.
Of course, it’s more likely that the author meant to say wreaking havoc.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: reek and wreak|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Singular Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive||Verb, transitive|
A foul smell
[Chiefly Scottish] Smoke
Vapor or steam
To be wet with sweat, blood, etc.
To be strongly pervaded with something unpleasant or offensive
To expose to or treat with smoke
To inflict vengeance, etc.
To cause chaos, etc.
To cause a large amount of damage or harm
To express or gratify (anger, hatred, etc.)
[Archaic] To take vengeance for
[Archaic] Avenge someone who has been wronged
The reek of cattle dung permeated the cottage.
Look at the reek from that chimney.
The reek from your stinky body tells me it’s been too long since you took a shower.
The reek is enough to make your eyes water.
Geez, man, your breath reeks!
The speeches reeked of anti-Semitism.
While temples crash, and towers in ashes reek.
If power-hungry could smell, he’d reek of it.
We shall wreak havoc on the enemy!
“His tongue was a warm stroke right up her center, wreaking havoc on her nervous system.”
Torrential rainstorms wreaked havoc yesterday.
The environmental damage wreaked by ninety years of phosphate mining is devastating.
He was determined to wreak his revenge on the girl who had rejected him.
Grant me some knight to wreak me for my son.
|Adjective: reeking, reeky
|History of the Word:|
|Old English rēocan meaning give out smoke or vapor. It’s related to the Dutch rieken meaning to smell, rook meaning smoke, the German riechen meaning to smell and Rauch meaning smoke.
The noun rēc meaning smoke is of Germanic origin.
|Old English wrecan meaning drive (out) or avenge is of Germanic origin; it’s also related to the Dutch wreken and German rächen.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?
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