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".


Thank you. That is all.