Maybe for you, the word “reckon” conjurs up an image of a Southern cowboy talking to his friend over a bottle of beer at the local saloon.
For me, I think the decline of the use of “reckon” is saddening. It’s a very snazzy word. Just think about it.
Compare “I don’t think the food here is very good” to “I don’t reckon the food here is very good.”
“Reckon” has a sense of under-utilized swag. But due to its inherent nature of being associated with cowboys and Western films, which aren’t popular anymore, it is analogously deemed as an unpopular and old-fashioned word.
Tis a shame.
But here’s the thing. I’m glad people use “reckon” less frequently now. I recently rediscovered it and it’s become one of my defining features when texting people. No other person I know uses that word in casual conversation. It’s a signature now.
“Reckon” is a such a cool word. But I don’t want anyone else using it but me.