While thinking about good antonyms for reckless, I noticed there’s no reckful nor any reck in English, for that matter. So, what would that reck be?
Etymonline offers the following scrap:
rece, recce “care, heed” from reccan “to care”
A very pretty word, and I’d love to learn more about it. When did it die out? Did it differ subtly from care as careless differs from reckless, with special connotations? How was it pronounced? Did it function just like care or did it have its own set of prepositions for use in various contexts?
Could it be used in role of “tender care”, related to love? “I recce for thee”?