Writing Tip Tuesday: It’s "Piqued"!

March 23, 2010 · 6 comments

Over and over I see this error:

His comment peeked/peaked/piquet my interest.

I see it a lot on blogs. I’ve also seen it recently in a couple of published books.

The correct spelling of this word is piqued, meaning, in this case, that his comment created an interest or curiosity in the listener’s topic.

Pique can also be used to indicate irritation, resentment, frustration, but this usage is less common in America English.

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Angie March 23, 2010 at 11:00 am

Thanks for the clarification. A problem with a lot of homophones is that spell checkers don't catch them, so you're using the wrong word without knowing it if your not careful. I see that problem in submissions all the time.

mormonhermitmom March 23, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Thank you!

CL Beck, author: MormonMishaps March 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Good info. I love that word because of its dual meanings, and weird spelling. (Well, it looks weird to me, but I'm thinking it might actually be French.)

Rebecca Irvine March 24, 2010 at 8:36 am

Anyone who has ever taken ballet classes should know this word and get it right.

Elizabeth Morgan March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

That is a great thing to know. It can totally get mixed up if there are a couple of ways to spell it.

Elizabeth Morgan March 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I think when there 3 words that sound so similar yet mean different things. It is what makes writing difficult.

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