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Is It “Piqued My Interest” or “Peaked My Interest”?

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The word set we’re examining today can send even experienced writers into a spiral of uncertainty when it comes to word choice, particularly in the context of one expression: is it piqued my interest, peaked my interest, or peeked my interest?

The answer is piqued—and here’s why: Pique means “to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.),” as in The suspenseful movie trailer piqued my curiosity. The term also means “to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride,” which, of course, is another form of excitement, albeit undesirable.

A peak, on the other hand, is the pointed top of something, such as a mountain. When speaking figuratively, a peak is the highest or most important point or level, as in Campaigning with the president was the peak of her political career. As a verb, peak means “to attain the highest point of activity, development, or popularity, as in The artist peaked in the 1980s. It’s easy to understand the confusion. Excitement, when visualized, might evoke the idea of a high point.

Learning the subtleties in meaning is only half the battle; remembering which term to use in which context is what counts. One trick to remembering the difference is by focusing on Q in pique. Q is one of the least used letters in the English language, which makes it unique, or one might even say exciting. This association might help you remember that pique with a Q means “excite.”

There is a third homophone—or word that sounds the same but carries a different meaning and, in this case, a different spelling—in this group: peek. Peek means “to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening or from a concealed location”: Before the performance, he peeked out from behind the curtain, and took a deep breath to steady his nerves. Associate the two Es in peek with the two Os in look, and you should have no trouble keeping this one straight.

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208 Comments

  1. Rory -  December 2, 2016 - 9:10 am

    Instead of using OO for look to think of peek, why not EE for Eyes for peeking.

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  2. BillA -  November 21, 2016 - 12:50 am

    I was at the “peak” of a mountain when this word “piqued” my curiosity, so I pulled out my phone to take a “peek” in the online dictionary. Hope that has put the word in a practical perspective.

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  3. Joseph Lavazza -  September 13, 2016 - 3:32 pm

    2 is odd because it’s the only even prime… right? Math jokes anyone?

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  4. Linda -  August 2, 2016 - 4:33 pm

    I was piqued, so as my interest peaked, I peeked.

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  5. vinay -  October 11, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    pique is ctually a Barcelona FC Centre Back :o

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  6. Kyra -  April 12, 2015 - 8:36 am

    What’s funny is that my mother always used the correct word usage. I didn’t know it was such a problem for most people.

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    • Daniel -  July 1, 2015 - 6:12 am

      That’s not funny. Cool brag though.

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      • Elizabeth T. -  July 7, 2016 - 6:34 pm

        Why isn’t it funny? Very passive aggressive of you.

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        • Joe B -  July 18, 2016 - 1:49 pm

          Please describe what’s funny. Is it that her mom uses words correctly or that she didn’t know that some people don’t?

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  7. Bart -  April 10, 2015 - 7:33 am

    So “Q is one of the least used letters in the English language, which makes it unique…”. Well, “unique” means “one of a kind,” and that is clearly incorrect here. The word wanted is “unusual” or “rare.” It’s always embarrassing when a usage mistake is made in a blog about usage.

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    • You're Wrong -  April 12, 2015 - 8:08 am

      Actually, Bart, I think that you will find that ‘unusual’, ‘rare’, and ‘unique’ are all synonyms, according to thesaurus.com. (http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/unusual)
      Also, you used speech marks (“Q”) to encompass your letter ‘Q’, when you should have used quotation marks (‘Q’).
      Also, you forgot to even close your speech marks.
      And hence, I continue to strip the unworthy of their positions as ‘punctuatores royales’.

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      • Jimbo -  May 21, 2015 - 10:05 pm

        you’re wrong, i’m doin’ your mom

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    • Cool Kid -  April 12, 2015 - 4:21 pm

      u sound like my english teacher.

      Reply
      • Frank Casale -  April 28, 2015 - 5:26 am

        I wish more grade school English teachers and English college professors would blog on to this site! Their knowledge in this field would provide a wealth of information!
        Knowledge should be shared and not selfishly kept!

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    • Park -  April 12, 2015 - 7:59 pm

      It’s not a mistake. “Unique” has multiple meanings, one of which is unusual.

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      • peter -  May 27, 2016 - 7:04 am

        Tom Jones

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      • Carmelo Terranova -  July 22, 2016 - 6:47 pm

        What is the correct spelling of Bolson Oconomowoc Wi.

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    • Dan -  April 13, 2015 - 7:54 am

      Unique means one of a kind. Which means the letter Q itself is one of a kind in comparison to the other letters of the alphabet.
      Its usage itself is “rare” and “unusual”.

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    • R.Terrance Wh -  April 22, 2015 - 8:21 am

      i think with q being rare makes it unique. because it’s the ONE letter used the least, therefore there is some uniqueness with the letter q

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  8. arthur -  April 8, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Oh God we’re illiterate lol

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    • Ammon -  April 8, 2015 - 1:41 pm

      1.think of your crush
      2.make a heart with your hands
      3.then kiss your hand while still making the heart
      4.then put the heart where your real heart is
      5.tomorrow your crush will ask you out
      6.this will only work if u post this on your favorite article

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      • Blargh -  April 12, 2015 - 6:17 am

        Nice job trying to fool everyone here. This isn’t tumblr, just so you know.

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        • Spilling Truth Tea -  October 28, 2015 - 4:28 pm

          Noah fence but that’s instagram where people post things like that tumblr isn’t like that although you might always follow shit blogs who knowws

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      • Cool Kid -  April 12, 2015 - 4:17 pm

        For realz??

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      • Dozer -  January 22, 2016 - 6:05 am

        Did it work?

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  9. Peace -  April 4, 2015 - 4:03 pm

    Wow! I ve learnt a lot here. Thanks pals

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  10. Cody -  March 24, 2015 - 1:44 pm

    Up next for elementary English: When do we write wee instead of whee?

    (I rather hope it wasn’t done already and I certainly will regret pointing this out if it gives staff the idea)

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    • Jacobus Maximus -  April 10, 2015 - 1:11 am

      Americans use neither.

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      • Right Paddock -  January 21, 2016 - 3:13 pm

        Guess what – most English speakers are not American.

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        • Jeebuz -  May 16, 2016 - 7:24 am

          Actually they probably are. The population of the UK is 64.1 million, the population of Canada is 35.16 million, and the population of Australia is 23.13 million – for a total of 122.39 million. The population of the US is 318.9 million. While I’m sure I’m missing some other areas that speak English I highly doubt there are 200 million people in those other locations. And while you may claim, “Oh but not everyone in the US speaks English,” which is true – not everyone in the UK, Australia, or Canada (especially Canada) speaks English.

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          • Jeebuz -  May 16, 2016 - 7:28 am

            New Zealand: 4.47 million
            South Africa: 52.98 million

          • Jeebuz -  May 16, 2016 - 7:33 am

            Well – I guess if you include the number of people that can probably speak English in India it ends up being true that most English speakers aren’t American. Though I would still say most people whose first language is English are American.

          • Bettyboop -  August 2, 2016 - 4:41 pm

            Wat u meanz doze mericans dont speak pommy

          • Akwasi -  October 25, 2016 - 12:30 pm

            Ghanaians also speak English.

  11. larkin -  March 24, 2015 - 9:43 am

    sup girls

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    • dpadilla -  March 24, 2015 - 3:41 pm

      reallyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????? “SUP GIRLS” what kind of comment is that my keyboard is covered in puke now

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      • larkin -  April 2, 2015 - 9:33 am

        dill with it

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        • grammarnazi -  April 8, 2015 - 5:09 am

          you mean deal with it.

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          • Cool Kid -  April 12, 2015 - 4:20 pm

            What if he actually does mean “dill with it” he could be saying that u need a dill pickle.

          • ToscasKiss -  April 13, 2015 - 10:51 am

            I think he meant that some dill would go nicely with that puke. For myself, dill rather makes me puke, so they do go together, in a way.

        • mariana -  April 8, 2015 - 8:14 am

          really its deal learn english first dude

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          • FlarpityFlarpFlarp -  April 8, 2015 - 11:49 am

            eye sea your angry witch is kinda phunny

          • Not applicable -  April 12, 2015 - 1:58 pm

            Uh you forgot the apostrophe between t and s otherwise the “its” you’re using is showing possessive or ownership

        • kk -  April 8, 2015 - 12:08 pm

          Dill, the herb? Do please learn some semblance of the language before you endeavour to butcher it….

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      • Logan -  April 8, 2015 - 11:36 am

        Really? What kind of reply is that? “My keyboard is covered in puke now.” Stop yourself. You’re embarrassing.

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        • Maegen -  April 8, 2015 - 7:15 pm

          That is by far the best thing I have read all day! Props to you Logan; that was awesome.

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        • Scott -  April 9, 2015 - 6:07 am

          I think they was just funnin’….. Lighten up, there, mein fuhrer..

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      • Mark -  April 8, 2015 - 6:00 pm

        That is funny. What kind of a$$ writes that on dictionary.com

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      • kekface -  April 10, 2015 - 1:29 am

        go back 2 tumblr kek :^)

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  12. no -  March 24, 2015 - 3:17 am

    some things are the natural evolution of language (people saying “like”, the inherently incorrect but now ubiquitous use of “hopefully”). some things are basically just errors of language. this is the latter. however, if the “hopefully” thing began as an error and has picked up this much interest then… it’s only a matter of time until all of our interests are peaked.

    in all seriousness though: “piqued my interest” is a well known phrase, someone in the comments has already said that. no matter all the people trying to grammatically defend the use of “peaked” instead, the simple fact remains: it’s just a misspelling of “piqued”.

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  13. karl greene -  March 24, 2015 - 12:29 am

    Thanks, Linda, for bringing up the off-subject issue of “try and.”

    You’re so right. It should be “try to.” However, “try and” is so

    very common that I think we’ve lost that battle.

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    • Åmar -  April 7, 2015 - 8:29 am

      That’s interesting, because the exact same mistake is very common in my native language, Swedish. Many, many people say “försöka och” (which means “try and”) instead of “försöka att” (which means “try to”). In the Swedish case I think it comes from the fact that the two in spoken language often are contracted to “å”, for some reason… no idea about why it occurs in English as well, though.

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      • Labhrainn -  April 12, 2015 - 1:29 pm

        It’s the same in Norway, “prøver og” instead of “prøver å”.
        The reason is the same “og” and “å” sound the same.
        In fact the confusion among some Norwegians is such that “å” is often used instead of “og” in general.

        For those who do not know, “og” and “å” would sound like the English word “or”, or “awe”

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    • Alyssa -  April 7, 2015 - 3:46 pm

      Yes! I struggle with that so often. I really resent when people use that phrase. They don’t understand that when they say “try and” they’re implying that they’re doing two actions instead of just “trying” to do one.

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    • AW -  April 11, 2015 - 8:30 am

      Actually, both are used because both have different meanings. For example, my boss deliberately uses “try and” rather than “try to” because she expects us to succeed if we’re going to try to do something.

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  14. Phil -  March 23, 2015 - 11:57 pm

    I’ve seen a couple people make this mistake (usually on social media) and it’s pretty disappointing. Looks like it’s even more common than I thought if you’re doing an article on it.

    *Sigh*

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    • Rick -  January 19, 2016 - 5:12 pm

      It’s extremely common in amateur writing (read: fanfiction). So common that it is one of my pet peeves and drives me crazy.

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  15. Ryan -  March 23, 2015 - 7:48 pm

    It’s obviously piqued because your being excited about something.

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    • Mia -  April 8, 2015 - 6:54 am

      I’m excited when someone uses “you’re” correctly in a sentence :)

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  16. Kit Snicket -  March 23, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    I am shocked and appalled that anyone could possibly confuse these three words. I am also quite insulted.

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  17. Kenneth Cacage -  March 23, 2015 - 8:11 am

    this word really piqued my interest

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    • dpup -  March 23, 2015 - 5:22 pm

      is shooken a word?

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      • dpadilla -  March 24, 2015 - 3:42 pm

        no its not

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      • Person Noun -  March 25, 2015 - 3:57 pm

        Isn’t it ‘shaken’?

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      • Frank Casale -  April 4, 2015 - 6:53 pm

        No, dpup It is not correct. Without going into a lengthy explanation, it is as follows:
        Simple (present) tense- SHAKE
        Simple (past) tense. – SHOOK
        Simple (future) tense. – SHAKEN

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        • Ricky K -  April 8, 2015 - 9:19 am

          How is ‘shaken’ the future simple form?? ‘will shake’ would be the future simple. ‘Shaken’ is called the past participle.

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          • Frank Casale -  April 8, 2015 - 5:34 pm

            Thanks, Ricky K., you’re right! Shaken is the past participle of Shake. I stand chastised!

          • Mark -  April 8, 2015 - 6:15 pm

            Good catch. I wondered about that when I read it as well.

          • 22Di44 -  April 8, 2015 - 9:43 pm

            “Will” is a modal auxiliary verb and is actually the non-past version of “would”. English has no future tense; only past and non-past. You’re 100% right about shaken being past participle though.

          • Frank Casale -  April 10, 2015 - 11:53 am

            Thank you for that clarification, 22Di44. Ten-four and out!

      • bobo smurf -  April 7, 2015 - 2:29 pm

        no it is not a word

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    • Dana Tierney -  March 24, 2015 - 8:42 am

      Although counterintuitive, “piqued” is correct. “‘Peaked’ my interest” makes more sense, since the noun “pique” is idiomatically associated with irritation, as in “She stormed out in a fit of pique.”

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  18. dustin -  March 23, 2015 - 2:09 am

    It so piques my interest such that my interest is peaked?

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    • Teddy -  March 23, 2015 - 2:30 pm

      They are said the same, but have different spellings and meanings.

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    • Michael -  March 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

      I know what the correct answer is supposed to be but I agree with dustin. Technically, It could be “peaked” but certainly not “peeked.”

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  19. Rufus -  March 23, 2015 - 1:05 am

    So…
    With his curiosity piqued, he peeked through the crack in the curtains… which peeked his anxiety at seeing such a large audience.

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    • Matt -  March 24, 2015 - 11:15 am

      No, idiot, his anxiety peaked, not peeked.

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  20. Rufus -  March 23, 2015 - 1:00 am

    So…
    With his curiosity piqued, he peeked through the crack in the curtains which peaked his anxiety as he saw a large audience.

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    • Frank Casale -  March 23, 2015 - 4:16 pm

      Much Better!

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      • Alex -  April 12, 2015 - 3:32 am

        It’s ‘peaked’, not ‘peeked’.

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        • Frank Casale -  April 15, 2015 - 5:55 pm

          Alex, Are you referring to (Rufus, March 23) blog?
          You do peek through a crack in the curtains.
          However, I think the phrase ‘ peaked his anxiety as he saw a large audience’ is incorrect.
          If I’m reading the article correctly, ‘peak means to attain the point of activity, development or popularity, etc.’
          Peak meaning the reaching of an apex or climax.
          Therefore, the sentence should read: “…….piqued his anxiety as he saw the large audience peak.”
          Pique meaning ‘to excite’. Peak meaning ‘the highest or most important level’.

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  21. Rufus -  March 23, 2015 - 12:56 am

    Nice one, OldNassau!

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  22. Adam -  March 22, 2015 - 6:42 pm

    I am somewhat insulted by the article’s opening line. I am not what you’d call an experienced writer, yet I have never felt any uncertainty over the correct usage of this phrase. Maybe that is because I was well educated beginning long before I ever entered a school house. And maybe if our American public school system on the whole wasn’t a complete disgrace, there would be more well educated people entering today’s society.

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    • Frank Casale -  March 23, 2015 - 4:19 pm

      Encore! Encore! Author! Author!

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    • Matt -  March 24, 2015 - 11:17 am

      Completely agree. Granted, many of our brethren do not pride themselves in being verbose or knowledgeable, but the meanings of such basic words should be known to most.

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    • Scott -  March 24, 2015 - 5:50 pm

      oh boy Adam, you’re a little in the dark over there. Unfortunately use of similar sounding words, especially if they can be easily construed to have a similar meaning have taken over a vast section of the (mostly younger) population. Ever heard of a bombfire?, kids are using it, they see a big fire is like a bomb, they know there’s no actual bomb, but bombfire is sticking, and they do not know it’s really bonfire., there’s plenty more examples. Not sure what the dictionary will look like in a hundred years.

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      • Frank Casale -  March 27, 2015 - 7:59 am

        Pique; Peak; Peak- three different words; three different meanings! Contextually, these words ‘can send even experienced writers into a spiral of uncertainty when it comes to word choice, particularly in the context of one expression’.
        SPELL CHECK! PLEASE!

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      • Frank Casale -  April 5, 2015 - 5:59 pm

        As far as ‘what the dictionary will look like in the next hundred years’- who knows? It is my belief that the English language will follow the way of the Latin language- DEAD!
        It will be replaced by the text language.
        I remember hearing about a teacher who assigned a book report to her students. The assignment called for twelve pages.
        One of her students passed in the first ten pages of the assignment in English, the last two pages in text.
        I’ve always wondered what grade she gave that student.

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        • Mia -  April 8, 2015 - 6:58 am

          Huh? Can you elaborate what you mean by text?

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          • Frank Casale -  April 8, 2015 - 6:04 pm

            Sure, let me elaborate by “text”. What I mean is:instead of writing a simple sentence (e.g. noun, verb, direct object),
            it seems to me that people will be using text message shortcuts and emoticons. Specifically, it is the younger people, the digital natives if you will, that know many of the short cuts frequently used in instant messaging.
            Digital immigrants, such as myself, have to learn these emoticons to decipher what a person is saying.
            Thus, creating a language barrier.
            I hope this answers your question.

          • Frank Casale -  April 9, 2015 - 6:15 am

            Mia, I did check on the internet to help me understand text messaging and emoticons. While surfing the net, I discovered Foldoc.org.

    • ncooty -  April 7, 2015 - 2:06 am

      @Adam: I believe you meant “weren’t” rather than “wasn’t” in your final sentence. It’s subjunctive.

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      • peter -  May 27, 2016 - 7:09 am

        he doesn’t think so, that’s why he didn’t use the subjunctive

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  23. Emily -  March 22, 2015 - 6:06 pm

    No

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  24. Mark Goldfain -  March 22, 2015 - 12:15 pm

    I am fearful that this one may be a losing battle. I have seen so many posters use “peaked” and a few use “peeked” in the last year. I still cringe when I see either one, but the correct word is now being used so rarely that I fear it will completely fall out of the active language.

    But even after 50 years of misuse, it is hard for me to imagine that “peaked my interest” could ever come to mean what the posters are intending it to mean.

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    • h -  March 23, 2015 - 2:28 pm

      j

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  25. Master Exploder -  March 22, 2015 - 12:23 am

    So… a bully would be better off if he “piqued” on someone!

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  26. SOMEONE! -  March 21, 2015 - 2:58 pm

    NO DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW.

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    • LOLsies -  March 23, 2015 - 3:30 pm

      as if u knew that lol

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  27. Lilithiarose -  March 21, 2015 - 1:21 am

    The expression means you reached the peak of their interest. It’s Peaked.

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    • no -  March 24, 2015 - 2:58 am

      completely wrong.

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    • Åmar -  April 7, 2015 - 8:25 am

      Nope, that’s not what the expression means. That your interest has peaked would mean that your interest in something has peaked and will only get lower from hereon. If something has piqued your interest, you’re bound to get more involved in the something because an interest has been awakened, I guess you could say. To say ‘peaked’ here would be very incorrect.

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  28. Keeg -  March 20, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Hi

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  29. Keeg -  March 20, 2015 - 5:54 pm

    Peeked

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  30. Satan -  March 20, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    I don’t exist either

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  31. Ricky Forguson -  March 20, 2015 - 2:08 pm

    This is just one more example of how misspellings occur when the uneducated/uninitiated confuse the “qu”, “k” & hard “c” sounds like peek for pique, perk for perquisite or even perk for percolate.

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    • Frank Casale -  March 23, 2015 - 4:25 pm

      See: (Adam; March 22, 2015)

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    • -_- -  March 26, 2015 - 11:29 am

      Even in school they teach students to pronounce the “qu” combination as a soft “k”.

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  32. Silli -  March 20, 2015 - 10:11 am

    The comments from some of the respondents piqued my interest in them.

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  33. josabetc -  March 20, 2015 - 9:45 am

    Fascinating to add that pique in Spanish-language is intended to hold the same concept stated “to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride,” which, of course, is another form of excitement, albeit undesirable.
    Grate to know!!

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    • GrammarNazi -  March 23, 2015 - 2:54 pm

      You spelled great wrong. As you can see, great is spelled g-r-e-a-t. Unless, you are using the word grate in the context in which you are, having an irritating effect, or rub against something with a rasping sound, or making an unpleasant rasping sound, or reducing (something, especially food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater. Which I believe you are not. I just wanted to clarify that.

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      • GrammarMarine -  April 7, 2015 - 8:48 am

        The second comma in your second sentence should not exist. It is disruptive to the flow, and demonstrates a lack of syntactical acuity. In addition, the penultimate “sentence” is a fragment.

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      • GrammarMarine -  April 7, 2015 - 8:50 am

        Further, the word “rub” in your second sentence should be “rubbing” in order to maintain verb tense throughout the sentence. That entire sentence is simply a mess.

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        • Frank Casale -  April 8, 2015 - 7:06 pm

          GrammarMarine, I’ve read your blogs correcting other people in grammar and sentence structure. Should you read my future blogs, correct me if I’m wrong. I welcome the input!

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      • Angel -  September 27, 2015 - 10:26 pm

        The previous commenter’s first language probably isn’t English, and for us who speak English as a second language, grammar and spelling is hard to figure out, so you must forgive us.

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    • Grammargal -  March 23, 2015 - 4:33 pm

      You mean great to know not grate. You grate cheese, while on the other hand great means awesome, epic, extravagant, etc. Another pear of homophones. (sea what I did there), (and their). Yeah that got old before I even started.

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      • GrammerJew -  April 2, 2015 - 10:16 am

        You mean “You mean great to know, not grate”, not “You mean great to know not grate”.

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    • sahil9301 -  April 1, 2015 - 1:32 pm

      Really?? in Spanish as well. I wonder what Gerard Pique feels about that.

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  34. Nora -  March 20, 2015 - 8:32 am

    This information has piqued my interest in becoming a better speller. English is my second language and French my third language. Most of the times I can deduce some answers from Spanish or French. The more languages the better!

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  35. maurlyse -  March 20, 2015 - 6:58 am

    Piqued is what i belive the correct answer is

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    • GrammarNazi -  March 23, 2015 - 2:55 pm

      You spelled believe wrong. Don’t forget the e before the v.

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    • Frank Casale -  April 6, 2015 - 5:36 pm

      “‘ I ” before “E”, Except after “C”. See, the old school rules of spelling are still, true to form!

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  36. PedroFu -  March 20, 2015 - 1:47 am

    It would have been easier for your readers had you mentioned the French origin of the word “pique”, a noun (f.) for ‘spear’, ‘pike’, ‘halberd’.
    The verb ‘piquer’ (to sting) derives from ‘pique’ as well as does the feminine sustantive ‘piqûre’ (prick) and it is still common usage in France to say ‘Vous avez piqué ma curiosité’.
    During the revolutionary period it was not unfrequent to end with one’s head on a pike ‘de finir avec sa tête au bout d’une pique’…

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  37. Noel -  March 20, 2015 - 12:09 am

    If some one drove you to the shop, you wouldn’t say they ‘shopped’ you

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  38. WombaPeanut -  March 19, 2015 - 11:58 pm

    Well this certainly picked my interest.

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  39. Patrick -  March 19, 2015 - 9:39 pm

    Very educative!

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  40. maxineg. -  March 19, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    piqued is correct

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  41. Roxy -  March 19, 2015 - 6:18 pm

    piqued, ofc ,,,lol

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  42. MichaelFrancoeur -  March 19, 2015 - 5:36 pm

    I think it is piqued by looking at the definition on dictionary.com…. don’t blame me if I’m wrong because I’m only ten.

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  43. shana -  March 19, 2015 - 5:32 pm

    I would like to know if there’s any difference between continually and continuously…thanks

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    • GrammarNazi -  March 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm

      It is incorrect to use the words continuous and continual interchangeably because there is a difference between them. While both adjectives describe duration, continuous indicates duration without interruption. For example, The continuous humming of the fluorescent lights gave him a headache.
      Continual indicates duration that continues over a long period of time, but with intervals of interruption. For example, The continual street repair disrupted traffic for nearly two years.

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      • The real grammar nazi -  March 26, 2015 - 12:12 pm

        *There is no comma (,) in between interchangeably and because

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        • Frank Casale -  March 29, 2015 - 9:10 am

          Will the real grammar Nazi please Sig Heilbronn?

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          • Frank Casale -  March 29, 2015 - 9:37 am

            Correction: Will the real grammar Nazi please Sieg Heil?

        • GrammurJew -  April 2, 2015 - 10:18 am

          Heil Grammour Hitler!

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    • English nerd -  March 23, 2015 - 11:41 pm

      There is a difference. “Continual” means ” happening again and again at certain intervals.” For example, a dripping faucet drips continually. “Continuous” however, means “constant, unbroken.” For example, a continuous sound. Think of the “s” in “continuous to mean “steady” and you should be able to remember the difference.

      Definitions taken from “Handbook of Grammar & Composition” third edition, by James A. Chapman, published by A Beka Book.

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  44. Justus Lee -  March 19, 2015 - 5:20 pm

    It is not so difficult to differentiate between pique, peak and peep.
    I find it more difficult to decide when to use peep as opposed to peek.
    Maybe one way is to say ‘peep’ has to do with seeing through a small hole what you are not supposed to see as in Peeping Tom but peep has to do with a looking forward into a bigger expanse or the future.
    Any thoughts?

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  45. eric -  March 19, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Its like a pique-can pie! But that’s just nuts….

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    • Frank Casale -  March 23, 2015 - 4:29 pm

      RIM SHOT!!

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  46. Frank -  March 19, 2015 - 4:31 pm

    Great I’ll know how to use these words.

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  47. justin -  March 19, 2015 - 1:32 pm

    Piqued as you spark of an interest or peaked to drive your interest to the highest point so it could be both

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  48. Everett -  March 19, 2015 - 1:05 pm

    Great info, and the article piqued my interest with the title, but my interest peaked when I understood the right way to use the words. I love my daily peek at dictionary.com. Did I get it right?

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  49. Alex Hutcheson -  March 19, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    It does not sound like it hightened my interest, rather it it aroused or exited my interest, so I would have to say pique.

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    • Linda -  March 19, 2015 - 1:27 pm

      Definitely Piqued. This is one of my ‘pet peeves’ and as a Brit, I have several. For another example: those who would ‘try and’ do something drive me to distraction. You either ‘try to’ or ‘try not to’, although Yoda might have a difference of opinion.

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      • English nerd -  March 23, 2015 - 11:34 pm

        Thank you! I am so glad someone else understands the difference between “try to” and “try and.”

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      • Frank Casale -  April 5, 2015 - 6:58 pm

        Hi, Linda. Forgive me, I’m old school. One of my ” ‘pet peeves’ ” is referring to the English as “Brits”.
        I refer to the language as the ENGLISH language. I refer to grammar as ENGLISH grammar. And I refer to the literature as ENGLISH literature ( as opposed to AMERICAN literature )
        It annoys me greatly when I ask some one “What literature are you studying?” And they respond “British Lit.”
        You are either studying English Literature or American literature. That is the discipline I was taught!

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    • Claire -  March 20, 2015 - 5:02 pm

      Heightened? ;-)

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    • arctic.merricup -  March 22, 2015 - 8:30 am

      exactly

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    • Andrew averill -  March 22, 2015 - 3:02 pm

      LOL

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    • Stephen Vaughan -  March 23, 2015 - 6:15 am

      Why not use SEE to help remember PEEK? There’ll be no need to remember another letter.

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  50. Harriet kuffour -  March 19, 2015 - 12:56 pm

    It’s soo educative .

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  51. tahfâce èlèd -  March 19, 2015 - 11:17 am

    yo momma

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    • maurlyse -  March 20, 2015 - 6:57 am

      foreal yo mama that is so childish if you are not going to comment with one of the words that were selected then don’t leave a comment

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      • yo -  March 24, 2015 - 6:47 am

        momma

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      • Frank Casale -  March 28, 2015 - 5:58 am

        DITTO!

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    • CHICKEN -  March 23, 2015 - 4:23 am

      I like turtles.

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      • The real grammar nazi -  March 26, 2015 - 12:19 pm

        I like cereal.

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    • Kit Snicket -  March 23, 2015 - 7:39 pm

      Honestly, yo mamma jokes are so boring and childish.

      Just like yo mamma.

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  52. MALIK O. LAWAL -  March 19, 2015 - 10:47 am

    pique that is it!

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  53. MALIK O. LAWAL -  March 19, 2015 - 10:45 am

    PIQUED

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  54. MALIK O. LAWAL -  March 19, 2015 - 10:44 am

    Piqued my interest.

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  55. Linda -  March 19, 2015 - 12:44 am

    Next, please take on the toe the line versus “tow” the line confusion. Also free rein versus free “reign.”

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    • Sherry -  March 21, 2015 - 9:07 am

      Free rein derives from riding a horse. Loosening the reins gives the horse free rein to roam.

      Toe the line. A racer’s toe has to be placed at the line before the race. “Tow” would mean pulling the line.

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      • h -  March 23, 2015 - 2:29 pm

        hhjj

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    • mimi -  March 21, 2015 - 5:37 pm

      Linda, thank you. It’s piqued, toe, and rein for those who don’t tune in.

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    • assu -  March 21, 2015 - 6:27 pm

      reign is like “the reign of the king” and rein is “the reins on a horse”

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  56. Jesus Christ -  March 18, 2015 - 11:18 am

    I don’t exist LOL…

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    • God's Daughter -  March 19, 2015 - 5:16 pm

      I’ll say a prayer for you, that your eyes will open soon, “Jesus Christ,” which you obviously aren’t (why would He say something like that?)

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      • Lovely Lord -  March 23, 2015 - 4:20 pm

        Truth I hope Jesus Christ, who obviously isn’t, will find the Lord I will pray :)))

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      • JesusFreek -  April 2, 2015 - 10:19 am

        Are you insane?

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      • God -  April 2, 2015 - 10:19 am

        Nope God here, he’s the real deal!

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    • Vignesh Unnithan -  March 19, 2015 - 6:13 pm

      Jesus Christ doesn’t exist LOL….

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      • Lovely Lord -  March 23, 2015 - 4:22 pm

        JESUS DOES EXIST IF HE DIDN’T YOU WOULDN’T BE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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        • The real grammar nazi -  March 26, 2015 - 12:43 pm

          As the famous joker had said in the movie The Dark Knight “Why so serious?” Why do people always get so defensive when it comes to politics and religion? Apparently there is more than one way to skin a cat.

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          • peter -  May 27, 2016 - 7:11 am

            that’s what the famous Batman said in the Adam West days (“there’s more than one way to skin a cat-woman”)

    • Clarissa -  March 20, 2015 - 4:56 am

      Finally! You admit it!

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    • God -  March 20, 2015 - 10:24 am

      Son,I told you not to say that….

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      • A Random Little Chicken -  March 23, 2015 - 5:08 pm

        You created me, daddy! And everything else, too! *CLUCK CLUCK*

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      • no -  March 24, 2015 - 3:00 am

        disappoint

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    • anonymous -  March 20, 2015 - 10:00 pm

      You liar.

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    • Saved -  March 21, 2015 - 1:43 am

      Without him you would not exist……………..

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    • Believe -  March 21, 2015 - 6:23 am

      Jesus did exist, stop being disrespectful

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    • Lillian -  March 21, 2015 - 5:09 pm

      really necessary to do that?

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    • Satan -  March 22, 2015 - 7:48 am

      At least you better hope He doesn’t. Otherwise, it’s you and me for eternity.

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    • God -  March 22, 2015 - 11:14 am

      What is dead may never die, son.

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    • Oh, Yeah? -  March 23, 2015 - 12:55 am

      The fact that you just wrote something in this chat room which has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand proves you exist!

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    • Oh Yeah? -  March 23, 2015 - 1:04 am

      The fact that you physically had to do something to submit a post which has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand proves you exist!

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    • Rufus -  March 23, 2015 - 1:08 am

      Flagged as irrelevant tripe.

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    • none -  March 23, 2015 - 4:54 am

      your wrong

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      • The real grammar nazi -  March 26, 2015 - 12:31 pm

        *YOU’RE

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    • Anti-Kant? -  March 23, 2015 - 7:59 am

      Well, since you posted a statement which has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand, you must exist.

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    • Follower of Jesus -  March 24, 2015 - 10:39 am

      Jesus exists.

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      • God -  April 2, 2015 - 10:20 am

        Nope sorry bud, but I never had a kid. Jews were my chosen for a reason!

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        • Jesus -  April 13, 2015 - 7:13 am

          What do you mean dad I am real!

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        • Jesus -  April 13, 2015 - 7:19 am

          I am real dad!

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    • Frank Casale -  April 14, 2015 - 6:44 am

      Jesus Christ! What do you mean you don’t exist!
      That’s a hell of a thing to say!

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  57. Joe Boyle -  March 18, 2015 - 7:36 am

    In a fit of pique, these came to me,: “El Sombrero de Tres Picos” = the three-cornered (pointed) hat. “Pico de Gallo” =chicken’s beak..all related. Take your pick…. That’s my point.

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    • Nora -  March 20, 2015 - 8:34 am

      That’s a good one Joe!

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    • sara23@ -  March 21, 2015 - 3:09 am

      piqued my intrest

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  58. OldNassau -  March 17, 2015 - 5:39 pm

    “Peaked” or “Piqued”: Depends on what you mean. “Peaked your interest” = something drove your interest to a high point. “Piqued….” , as you note, = stimulated or sparked your interest.

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    • DangerKat -  March 19, 2015 - 1:26 pm

      “peaked your interest” sounds quite awkward, though–I’ve never heard it used that way. I think the transitive verb would make more sense: “your interest peaked” or “made your interest peak”

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    • Noel -  March 20, 2015 - 12:08 am

      Nope.
      It does not depend on what you mean!
      This is a well known english phrase with only one meaning.

      “Peak” is not a verb. Therefore something that drove your interest to a high point might have “piqued”, by exciting interest to that level – but it did not “peak” because that is a thing not an action.

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    • Talibah -  March 22, 2015 - 12:04 pm

      My sentiments exactly…

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    • some guy -  March 22, 2015 - 5:15 pm

      you’re an idiot.

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    • Adam -  March 22, 2015 - 6:42 pm

      Not so, OldNassau. The verb “peak” is intransitive – meaning it is used without an object – so you cannot say “Alfred’s entering the room peaked my interest.” You can say “my interest peaked when Alfred entered the room”, but that has an entirely different meaning.

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      • no -  March 24, 2015 - 3:02 am

        it is “piqued” and that’s basically all there is to it.

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    • Rufus -  March 23, 2015 - 1:04 am

      Nice one, OldNassau!

      Reply

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