Amanda Rae (songofdestiny) wrote in linguaphiles,
Amanda Rae
songofdestiny
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"Racked up"

Someone pointed out to me that I say "racked up" quite a bit - and, according to this particular speaker, they consider it bizarre and asked why I wouldn't say "raked up" instead. For instance, I said, "I racked my brain but couldn't find anything," and then later asked, "What bad karma have I racked up to deserve this?"

Now, I understand that racked up in this sense is some sort of English idiom, but what I'm wondering is, how common is it in every day speech? Has anyone heard it used frequently, or is it one of those oddball phrases? And any idea where it might have come from or is more prominent - is it American English, British English, universally English, what have you? Now that I think about it, I haven't heard very many people aside from myself use it, regardless of where I happen to go, so it's rather got me thinking.
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