Gone to Wrack & Ruin

Decrepit old stone buildings are dotted across the South Australian landscape, just like this couple I snapped around Walker Flat.

Old decrepit stone buildingOld decrepit stone building

It made me think about the phrase “wrack and ruin” and I discovered it’s been around for a few hundred years and is often known as “rack and ruin” these days.

Here’s where you can find out more about the history of its usage at Stories behind words

Old decrepit stone building

I think these old tumbledown stone cottages lend a sense of history to the landscape, perhaps a story waiting to be told. Because of that I like the use of ‘wrack’ instead of ‘rack’ in this phrase as it invokes that sense of history.

What do you think?