Sunday, July 26, 2009

In which the author is a persnickety old coot...

peaked (adj.)
1. having a peak.
2. pale or drawn appearance suggesting illness or stress.

peek (verb; past: peeked)
1. to glance furtively.

pique (verb; past: piqued)
1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment.
2. to wound (pride, vanity, etc.)
3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.)

Usage: A peek in the mirror indicates this fit of pique has left me looking peaked, so vexed was I at having once each today come across the phrases "peaked my interest" and "peeked my interest", when in fact the proper word choice would be "piqued".

Also, GET OFF MY LAWN.

Thank you. That is all.