Wednesday, July 23, 2008

baking cucumbers into a defensive methodology

Talking out loud is something my son doesn't quite yet understand. When I ask him to speak aloud rather than not speak, he interprets it to mean to speak loudly.

Creating havoc, is that the same as wreaking it? Clearly not:

wreak –verb (used with object)
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.

Apart from the phrase 'wreaked havoc' has anyone ever used the verb 'to wreak' in any other circumstance? What is havoc, anyway?

havoc -noun; verb, -ocked, -ock·ing.
–noun 1. great destruction or devastation; ruinous damage.
–verb (used with object) 2. to work havoc upon; devastate.
–verb (used without object) 3. to work havoc: The fire havocked throughout the house.

How often is the word havoc used in it's verb form? Not very often, or so it seems to me.


handmaiden said...

Ack! Too many big words!

Debstar said...

Interesting. I'll have to think on that for awhile.

Would the sentence be: My daughter is wreaking havoc in her room or My daughter is havocing in her room. Maybe both are right. Her room looks like a bomb has hit it so one or the other applies.