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50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Wreck havoc

This misused phrasing is a messy mishap. Havoc is pretty much wrecked as it is, without anyone actually wreaking havoc upon it. That would really reek, wouldn’t it?

The word “wreak” means to bring about destruction, or damage. That’s what happens when someone wreaks havoc, which points to devastation or disaster. Overall, it’s not a pretty sight.

Yes, wreaking havoc can create a wreck of sorts. But at least the wording can be right.

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