Not “peaked,” but “piqued.”

March 23rd, 2008

This is a peak:

annapurna.jpg

This is “pique”:

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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”

    and

    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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