A peek at pique

peek_pique_peakRecently, I was in the middle of writing an article for the Berthoud Surveyor newspaper.  I wanted to point out that someone was strongly interested in a topic.  I thought I wanted to say that his interest was peeked—or is it peaked—or is it piqued.

Time to look up the right word.

Peak is the topmost point of something.  In Colorado we talk about the peaks that are “14-teeners.”  This means their altitude is 14,000 feet-plus. It also can be used for the peak of a career.

A peek on the other hand is a glance or a quick look. Some would even say a furtive look is a peek.

Lastly, there is pique. I wanted this word. This word is used for someone who is excited or curious about something .

 

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4 responses to “A peek at pique

  1. Technically Proficient

    Please lead me to the lead mine that is mine.

  2. Technically Proficient

    Marcus Antonius:
    For Brutus, as you know, was Caesar’s angel.
    Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov’d him!
    This was the most unkindest cut of all;
    For when the noble Caesar saw him stab,
    Ingratitude, more strong than traitors’ arms,
    Quite vanquish’d him: then burst his mighty
    heart. . . .

    Julius Caesar Act 3, scene 2, 181–186

    Shakespeare’s double superlative: “most unkindest.” Using poetic license.

  3. If it’s good enough for Shakespeare…..

  4. Good one! Thanks for reading and commenting.