Today’s English usage note

Homonyms, folks!

As in: words that sound the same but mean different things!

Today’s example: piqued and peaked

The latter: “The album peaked at number five on the charts.” Peak is a noun, which means, in this case, “the maximum point, degree or volume of anything.” Of course it can also mean a mountain, like “Pikes Peak,” or the summit of a mountain, hill, etc.

The former: “The movie trailer piqued my interest.” Piqued is the past tense version of the verb “pique”, which means to stimulate interest or curiosity, or to feel resentful or irritated.

So if you write “My interest has been peaked,” you are writing it WRONG!

Obviously, this is something that only applies to written English. In spoken English, they sound the same, so it’ll come across that way. But please know the difference, y’all.

 

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