Not “peaked,” but “piqued.”

March 23rd, 2008

This is a peak:


This is “pique”:


So, nothing “peaks” your interest. Believe me when I tell you that your interest was not “peaked.” It was piqued.

Now that that’s straightened up, please feel free to resume your normal activities.

(Image of Annapurna from Alpine Visions.)

5 Responses to “Not “peaked,” but “piqued.””

  1. Kris B Says:

    I have a tendency to use more commas than necessary when I write, but my interest is never, ever ‘peaked’. Ever. You’ve just touched on one of my biggest grammatical pet peeves, second only to ‘alot’.

    Happy Easter!

  2. Tim Walker Says:

    Happy Easter to you, Kris.

    It bugs me A LOT when people write “alot.”

    Another peeve: my cell phone has a menu option in the text-message section that says “Cleanup inbox.” They mean “CLEAN UP inbox” . . . *sigh*.

  3. Mark Says:

    I can think of a number of these hiccups that drive me insane, i.e.,

    1. “X begs the question” when the speaker means “X raises the question”


    2. misuse of “i.e.” versus “e.g.” (see above :)

  4. Tim Walker Says:

    Oh, you are a sly one, Mark . . .

  5. James Says:

    I mostly deliver these vs. catching them. :) My wife really doesn’t like it when the period is outside the end quotation mark. REALLY doesn’t like it.

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