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    nerve-racking or nerve-wracking?

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    nerve-racking or nerve-wracking?

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    Both are listed here, but which is "better" (in U.S. English)?
    Author Stravinsky (637051) 16 Dec 11, 13:24
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    wracking - never seen racking
    #1Author macpet (304707) 16 Dec 11, 15:05
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    Beides ist okay.
    #2AuthorPhillipp16 Dec 11, 15:11
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    Both spellings are used in British and American English and are correct, although in British English there are more examples of the spelling with a w.http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/nerv...
    #3Author CM2DD (236324) 16 Dec 11, 15:12
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    Im OED und M-W wird "nerve-racking" zuerst geführt. Ist auch meine Präferenz.
    #4AuthorPhillipp16 Dec 11, 15:13
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    I would guess when they say "in British English there are more examples of the spelling with a w", they mean more examples than in US English, not more examples than those of the spelling without a w.

    As it comes from being on the rack, the spelling without a w is more satisfying. But I love alternative spellings :-)
    #5Author CM2DD (236324) 16 Dec 11, 15:16
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    @ # 5, if you like alternative spelling, how about " nerve-wrecking?" :-))
    #6Author Helmi (U.S.) (236620) 16 Dec 11, 15:23
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    That's not alternative it's plain deviant. ;-)
    #7AuthorPhillipp16 Dec 11, 15:24
     
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