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  •  Wreak (4+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, Terra Mystica, Jim P, word is bond

    wreak
    1.
    to inflict or execute (punishment, vengeance, etc.): They wreaked havoc on the enemy.
    2.
    to carry out the promptings of (one's rage, ill humor, will, desire, etc.), as on a victim or object: He wreaked his anger on the office staff.

    "Wrought" is apparently an archaic tense of "work" referring to something created or "worked." As in, describing some crafted thing as "well-wrought."

    Sorry, I was curious and had to look it up.

    Many Americans fear that universal health care would destroy their way of life. In that it would get them the anti-psychotic meds they need, I agree.

    by ThothXXI on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:14:08 AM PST

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    •  Plus the derivations, according to one source: (3+ / 0-)
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      I love this site:  

      Etymology Online
      wrought
      mid-13c., from past participle of M.E. werken (see work).
      wreak
      O.E. wrecan "avenge," originally "to drive, drive out, punish" (class V strong verb; past tense wræc, pp. wrecen), from P.Gmc. *wrekanan (cf. O.S. wrekan, O.N. reka, O.Fris. wreka, M.Du. wreken "to drive, push, compel, pursue, throw," O.H.G. rehhan, Ger. rächen "to avenge," Goth. wrikan "to persecute"), from PIE root *werg- "to work, to do" (cf. Lith. vergas "distress," vergas "slave," O.C.S. vragu "enemy," L. urgere; see urge (v.)). Meaning "inflict or take vengeance," with on, is recorded from late 15c.; that of "inflict or cause (damage or destruction)" is attested from 1817.

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 11:20:27 AM PST

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      •  I've been waiting for this for hundreds of years! (2+ / 0-)
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        Or so it seems. I have my very old, abridged, Oxford English Dictionary, but it's massive and I usually don't get it down from the shelf.

        Thanks for the response and the link.


        Today, if you exist... that's already suspicious.

        by Jim P on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:31:52 PM PST

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        •  Isn't it great? (1+ / 0-)
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          I've barely forgiven my high-school boyfriend for NOT buying me that compact-edition OED that he saw at a garage sale -- and that was in 1977!  

          "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

          by lgmcp on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 12:34:17 PM PST

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