- The noun “rack” applies to various types of framework; the verb “rack” means to arrange on a rack, to torture, trouble or torment. For example: He was placed on the rack. She racked her brain.
- The noun “wrack” means wreckage or destruction, and generally is confined to the phrases “wrack and ruin” and “nerve-wracking.” The verb “wrack” has substantially the same meaning as the verb “rack”; the latter is usually preferred, although the phrase “wracked with pain” is an exception.
Thanks for visiting. While you’re here, please look around the site. You can subscribe via e-mail or RSS feed. The tools to do so are at the top of the right-hand column. To share or retweet the entry, use the buttons below. You can follow me on Twitter: @peterfaur