What is the origin of the naval term 'Wreck' as in shipwreck?
#27419. Asked by navyguy. (Jan 30 03 7:24 PM)
According to Chambers Dictionary 'wreck' is connected to the word 'wreak' whose origin is the Norse word 'reka'. This word has evolved to become 'raechen' in German. The meaning of these words? REVENGE! Presumably the sea's revenge on mankind.
Jan 30 03, 8:31 PM
My extremely ancient dictionary has the Anglo Saxon word wraec - expulsion through the Icelandic word rek - anything cast ashore and the Dutch wrak - vessel dashed against rocks or shattered.
Jan 30 03, 9:15 PM
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