I have to address some common errors I see all the time in blogging. Egregious spelling and usage mistakes. Mostly these are homophone errors, which are easy enough to make.
I don't like to interrupt reading blogs (which I find enjoyable) to be the grammar police. I do NOT comment on every blog post I read telling them all their spelling and grammar errors (although many blogs do need to utilize the spell check more than they do!).
However, since I am seeing some of the SAME errors over and over, I thought I'd write up some instructional blog posts that might be helpful. If the shoe fits. Wear it. If the spell checker is on your toolbar. Use it!
Definition: To excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.
Usage Error: Instead of pique, I often see writers use the incorrect spelling "peek" or "peak." All three words have the same exact pronunciation.
Let me help you out.
- PEEK = a brief look or glance. Can be a noun or verb. (Take a peek. She peeked at the book.)
- PEAK = a sharp or pointed end, highest level, summit of a mountain. (A widow's peak. The peak of his career. The peak of Mt. Everest).
- PIQUE = to excite or stimulate interest or curiosity. (Have I piqued your interest?).
- Peek = involves looking with your eyes. You have two eyes. There are two e's in the word. Imagine those e's are little eyes looking at something sideways.
- Peak = means the tip or high point. There is an A in the word. A capital letter A has a high point just like a mountain.
- Pique = has to do with getting someone interested. There is an I in this word. I for Interest!
Don't be peeking (at) my interest anymore. That brings me to the peak of frustration, grammatically! But I love to have my interest piqued!
Are there other words that you have a hard time remembering how to use? I'd be happy to write a post about them! Just let me know!