wreck and ruin

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 5 22:00:33 UTC 2010

OED has the prescriptively "correct" "rack and ruin" sv "rack," but an
advanced search turns up the despised "wreck and ruin,"
which makes no less sense, from the 1880s.

Here's another:

1901 in  H. G. Wells _Twelve Stories and a Dream_ (London: Macmillan, 1903)
297: I...left all those things to wreck and ruin just to save a remnant at
least of my life.


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